Shortly before taking his admission test for medical school, Wylie Lopez got a 6 a.m. phone call from Kamal Khan.
"Are you studying?" Khan asked him.
Lopez, 22, of Somerset, is a Rutgers University student who gained early admission to medical school. Khan’s call was part of the university’s effort to help minority and economically disadvantaged students pursue careers in the medical field, in which diversity is scarce.
More than 900 students have graduated from the program since it started in 1986 — with about half gaining medical degrees and the rest pursuing other health careers.