Dr. Carina Felix is a new intern in the general surgery department at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Before being able to live out her dreams at her No. 1-choice residency program, she started from humble beginnings on St. Croix. During the summers of her high school years at the St. Croix Educational Complex, she participated in the Physician Scientist Training Program (now called The STEMPREP Project) where she conducted research at Temple University and the National Institutes of Drug Abuse.
These research opportunities, in addition to her exceptional academic record and extracurricular activities, allowed her to be awarded with multiple full scholarships to her top universities. She eventually decided to attend Howard University where she continued to excel academically and be involved in extracurricular activities. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in biology in 2015, she went on to attend the Howard University College of Medicine — again on a full scholarship — this time from the U.S. Navy as a part of the Health Profession’s Scholarship Program.
Again, she remained involved, having served as her class’s vice president for two years, a mentor for Teen Promise Project, and then as the student council president during her fourth year. Now, after years of hard work and dedication, she can proudly say that she is grateful for all opportunities, big and small, that have helped her along her journey. She encourages all to “keep their eyes on the prize,” as her grandfather would always remind her. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and mentoring the next generation of physicians and leaders.
For the past 30 years, The Distance Learning Center STEMPREP Project has guided students from 7th graders to college to pursue careers in biomedicine and research fields. The center congratulates Dr. Carina Felix and treasures the opportunity to assist in her dream to become a physician.
To date, approximately 60 trainees have completed the summer internships. Schools the trainees have attended include John H. Woodson Jr. H.S., Good Hope Country Day School, St. Croix Educational Complex H.S., All Saints Cathedral School, Adelita Cancryn Jr. H.S., Elena L. Christian Jr. H.S., AZ Academy, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Peter Gruber International Academy, Arthur A. Richards Jr. H.S., Antilles School, Church of God Holiness Academy and St. Patrick’s Catholic School.
The Distance Learning Center STEMPREP Project thanks the Virgin Islands Lottery for its 2019 contribution of $5,500 and Virgin Islands Port Authority for its support of $1,000.
To support Virgin Islands trainees, send donations to:
Moses L. Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director
STEMPREP Project, Distance Learning Center Inc.
1324 Clearfield Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132