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Dimitri Tito

Emmanuel Dimitri Foko Tito, known as Dimitri Tito was born in a suburb of Douala, Cameroon, and he is the third child of a family of five children. He left Cameroon at the age of fifteen because his parents pictured the United States as a land of opportunities where each of their children could succeed. Before and after the move, Tito grew up in a rural community neighborhood with limited access to medical resources; this way of living has shaped him to be more understanding to the needs of underserved populations.

Currently, Tito is a fourth year Medical Student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. There, he became involved with the Rural Health Initiative in West Virginia, the WV AHEC Rural Community Health Scholars Program, the West Virginia Rural Health Association, and various national organizations that promote health care in underserved areas.  Tito has also participated in several international medical trips including the 2017 social medicine course in Haiti. He is currently the President of the WVSOM class of 2020, and is a member of the Student Leadership Admission Committee. Tito is also a 2nd Lt in the U.S. Army Professional Management Command.

He has been the recipient of several awards in medical school including the Greenbrier Military scholarship and the T.O.U.C.H gold status for completing 166 volunteer hours. In 2018, Tito was awarded the United Health Foundation/NMF Diverse medical Scholarship to conduct a self-directed community health project in a medically underserved community. This program inspired Tito to launch The Body Screening Project, which is a student-run program, designed to improve health care in underserved communities of West Virginia and inspire medical students to become well-rounded rural physicians.