Category: St. George’s University

Coming full circle, 15 years later

     This week, I had the pleasure of participating in an information session for my medical school Alma Mater, St. George’s University. The entire experience was a bit surreal when I realized that almost 15 years ago I was one of those faces sitting in the audience, taking notes and wondering what lies in my future.
      Like many of the students that were sitting in front of me, I had doubts. I had doubts about my prospects getting into a US medical school. I also had doubts about whether going to a foreign country for my medical education would be the right decision. Standing there in front of them, I was genuinely happy to report that it was absolutely the right decision.
      It was the right decision for many reasons. First, I came away with some incredible friends, one of whom is actually getting married in a few weeks in what will be an incredibly fun reunion in Hawaii. More importantly, despite all my initial doubts, I came away with a great education and an opportunity to pursue a truly gratifying career. My other really good friend from medical school used to quote the movie Spiderman and tell me,  “When you doubt your powers, you give power to your doubts.” My belief in myself and the support of St. George’s eliminated those doubts and allowed me to excel in my professional life.
     I told my audience at the information session that at times when I was medical student, I wondered if I was as knowledgeable as my counterparts from other schools. As a resident, I also wondered if i was up to par with residents from other schools. 15 years later, I realize the answer was and always will be a resounding yes. Not only that, in my current career path as an academic internist, I’m responsible for teaching those same students and residents that I compared myself to many years ago.
     Ultimately, doubting yourself or comparing yourself to others at any point in your career is a futile and worthless effort. The fact is, we all somehow end up in the same place, which is in front of a patient in need. Everyday I am grateful for that opportunity. And as the number of those patients in need continue to rapidly grow in our country, it’s great that St. George’s is continuing to produce a steady stream of excellent doctors that are looking to make a difference just as I did 15 years ago.
   

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Going back to where it all started

When I look back at my career, there are many different important moments that led me this point. One that really stands out was my decision to attend St. George’s University (SGU), in Grenada West Indies.

It was 2001, a time of great personal doubt and uncertainty in my life. Despite that, my dream to become a physician persisted and SGU gave me the opportunity that I knew I deserved. Since then, it’s been an incredible fulfilling journey that keeps getting better every day.
I have incredibly fond memories of my time at SGU and despite how busy life can get, I’ve been meaning to try to give a little back to my alma mata. And with that, I’m really excited to have the opportunity of going back so to speak, to where it all started.
On April 21st, I’ll be attending the SGU information session in Fort Worth, Texas. This will be the first SGU event I’ll be attending in many years. As an alumni, I’m really looking forward to meeting the next generation of bright minds looking for that same opportunity. I look forward to catching up with SGU people, answering questions and sharing my story with everyone there. 
Hope to see many of you there!
4/21/15 Tuesday
7:00pm-8:30pm
Ft. Worth, TX, USA
Courtyard Ft. Worth Downtown
601 Main St.
Ft. Worth, TX, USA