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  • Writer's pictureJimmie Lewis III

The Beginning Stages of My Pathway to Medical School

Updated: May 9, 2020

When I think of the importance of becoming an involved global physician, I immediately ponder over the most critical issues like how physicians will continue to work together to find medical interventions to eliminate diseases across the world such as different types of cancers, the creation of new technologies; as well as programs that will allow medical students in the United States to study international medicine abroad. My interests in these issues started during my freshmen year at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), where I excelled as a member of the Honors Program and read intensively to enhance my understanding of the issues regarding disease, science, and medicine. Nevertheless, the preparation I gained as vice president of the Undergraduate Medical Academy (UMA) at PVAMU, allowed me to learn about the path and commitment to becoming a medical doctor .Therefore, I was very certain that I want to study medicine with a concentration in sports medicine.

As I progressed in school and maturity, my interests evolved into the people-oriented aspects of medicine. In retrospect, this interest in people was manifested in many of my extracurricular activities. A central theme of my extracurricular activities were helping people of all ages. During my experiences at the North Cypress Medical Hospital, I gained profound insight into the healing relationship between patient and doctor/healer. For four years, I worked vigorously as an undergraduate scholar at PVAMU, and realized that I enjoyed academic challenges in the field of sports medicine. For example, I have had health related experience both from the perspective of a patient and that of a physician.

An athletic injury resulted in an extensive and complex orthopedic surgery to my knee and wrist. Two years later, I was selected to be an intern during the summer of 2017 at The Texas A&M Medical School Partnerships for Primary Care Program. This is where I got hands-on experience in sports medicine. I observed surgery and participated in the office care of many patients. After learning the anatomy of the knee, I performed diagnostic tests on patients to help determine the location and extent of their injuries. This interaction with patients in the medical setting was the crucial factor in the culmination of experiences leading to my decision for a career in medicine.

One of the primary objectives of the Honors Program at Prairie View A&M University is to introduce global awareness to students. During the summer of 2018, I had been given the opportunity to study international medicine at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. I was given the opportunity to conduct a study about the relationships between obesity and diabetes between the United States and the European country called Cyprus. Within my lifetime, countries like China and Cyprus will need to diversify its scientific and medical communities to include more partners throughout the world. Some states in the United States already are leading partners among international institutions, for example, Texas and Florida therefore I am interested in continuing my medical education in a state that leads the world to introduce new treatments to better medicine.

As a patient myself, as the son of a physician, as a hospital volunteer, and as an intern of different medical programs, much of my active life has been involved with healthcare. Having been exposed to clinical aspects of medicine, I have looked forward to a career in medicine for the longest and my educational experiences so far have prepared me for my next journey to obtain a medical degree to become a servant of all and make a difference in the medical society.

Photos from my undergraduate pre-medical experiences


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