University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts. Doctor of Medicine Class of 2018!
In 2007, I graduated bottom of my class from high school with many educators, even distant family and friends telling me I would never make anything of my self.
In 2011, I graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University at Albany.
In 2013, I completed my Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Studies from New York University and received my certificate.
In the beginning of 2014, I was given the opportunity to expose myself to upper level sciences, review first year of medical school curriculum, to ready myself and prepare for the intense work load of medical school. This review program exposed me to my weaknesses and to my strengths. It has taught me a valuable lesson in discipline and focus.
A few days ago, I was accepted to University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts to be part of their Doctor of Medicine program.
I’ve learned some valuable lessons on the way and here are some of them:
1) Work hard at a younger age and you’ll get where you want to be sooner. It will, overall, be less expensive and less time consuming.
2) Never let anyone tell you that you will never amount to anything. No, scratch that! Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Let them tell you whatever they want, but don’t ever put any weight on the opinions of individuals who do not know your own struggles or your life.
3) Networking is just as important as grades and academics, but grades will trump all else during initial evaluations for professional programs.
4) Learn your weaknesses and focus on making them better. Humans have a tendency to focus on what they are good at because of the satisfaction that comes from performing well in it. It takes hard work and discipline to get up and master something you are weak in.
5) No matter what you have accomplished in life, you will face failures and defeat. It is inevitable that you will struggle in some aspects of life. You may experience defeat in courses, standardized tests, interviews, or it can be things as simply as time management. Learn to identify what your weaknesses are.
6) Sometimes it takes monetary investment or time to learn your weaknesses, but in the long run it will be well worth it. You may have a hard time getting yourself to invest, and sometimes you may look back and regret the investments you’ve taken. This is all a learning experience. If you failed at something, understand that you just discovered one way it doesn’t work. One way that will not get you there. You can scratch that method off your list and perfect the methods that will help you reach your goal.
7) Lucky 7! Well this should in theory be #1. Understand that you are where you are and that you’ve only accomplished what you have accomplished only by the grace of God. Your talent, your ability to work hard, and your dedication has all been gifted to you by God. Give thanks and praise him through everything. During my failures, I’ve had one individual, who inspires me and that I admire, sincerely remind me we should give thanks to God for not just the successes that he brings to our life, but also give thanks for the failures. The failures are set in place to shape you and mold you to be perfect for his master plan.
This is just the beginning of the journey for me. I know and understand fully the struggles (more like learning experiences) that are ahead of me in pursuing this dream. I understand the reality of how difficult it will be to secure a residency being a international medical graduate. I understand the reality of how difficult it will be to perform well and excel on the USMLE. One thing I know and I am confident in is that if God brought me this far, I know he’ll lead the way to make my dreams come true. This dream has not just been a selfish act on my part. This dream is my calling that has brought me out of a completely different career path back in 2011.
I’d like to thank the Ross family and the Admissions Committee at University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts for seeing the potential in me to be a compassionate and competent physician. This medical school was founded by the same family that founded Ross University School of Medicine (which was later sold to DeVry Medical in ~2000).
University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts - School of Medicine - M.D. Class of 2018.