Our founder Dr. Heval Kelli was lucky to meet the heart surgeon Dr Lattouf while he was washing dishes during college across from Emory University where he completed his cardiology fellowship few years later. He started YPI because he wanted to make medical mentorship and networking an opportunity for all and not just a matter of luck.
In 2016, he started with one first year medical student Hannah Williams by piloting the YPI idea at one high school. They wanted to provide inspiration and guidance by Being Present for students from underserved communities.
Today, we have a dedicated team of medical students leading our program at four high schools and three universities in Atlanta.
The Young Physicians Initiative provides a positive and engaging mentorship experience to prepare high school students and undergraduate students in their journey toward becoming a doctor in the future. The participants will be provided with the necessary support and guidance to develop a structured plan and direction to achieve their goals.
The program will address the following questions:
YPI is a growing community of inspiration, mentorship and support.
"This program really changed me a lot and it gave me more courage to be who I wanted to become and it gave me strength to learn more and try harder at school." YPI student