Meet the professionals/CPASS alumni who discovered the powerful potential of STEM, how they pursued an education in their respective fields, capitalized on growth opportunities and launched their successful careers in health care and wellness, technology, bio tech, engineering, robotics, coding and app creation and development.


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William A. McDade, MD, PHD

Treasurer and Director , CPASS Foundation

"By giving you the chance to be exposed to people doing what you never even knew you could do, programs run by the CPASS Foundation will let you see that it’s possible for you to do it."

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Mildred M. G. Olivier, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Learning Environment, Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

“CAHMCP gave me a group of friends I studied with in medical school, and we tried to be the best that we could be.”

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Laura Lucero, MD

Family Practice/Chief Medical Officer, Beloved Community Family Wellness Center

Board Director, CPASS Foundation

“I’ve never studied so hard, tried so hard. I was in that anatomy course all day long. I finally got into medical school a year later.”

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Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH

Former Assistant Dean, College of Medicine Urban Health Program, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine; former Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

“I was not accepted the first year I applied to medical school, but my mentors said, ‘You can.’ And we did. I got into medical school.”

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Eric Whitaker, MD, MPH

Chair, CPASS Foundation

“Until CAHMCP, I was not supported in my dream of becoming a doctor. It was an eye-opening experience to be with students of color who all valued education.”

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