Derek Altema


Hello, Class of 2021! I'm Derek Altema, but most people call me Ricky. I was born and raised in Columbia, MD. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Human Science and Economics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 2015. During my gap year, I worked as a healthcare consultant in San Francisco, CA. 

As a student at Howard University College of Medicine, I have been involved as a member of the Class of 2020 Executive Board and the school's chapter of Student National Medical Association. I am also an avid member of the Cardiovascular Interest Group, and am a Medical School Representative for the Student Health Center. At the moment, I am interested in cardiology, surgery, and trauma. 

My favorite thing about Howard is the atmosphere because your classmates want to see you succeed! And we also know how to get litty during study breaks. I love Chick-Fil-A, talking sports and music, and exploring DC because there is always something happening downtown. Looking forward to meeting you all this summer! 

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