Sample Strives to Close Gaps for the Medically Underserved
As the end of high school approached and the pressure of making a career choice mounted, Nicole Sample defaulted to a childhood response: “I want to be a doctor.” Taking action, Sample, a recipient of the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund, entered the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, a seven-year B.S./M.D. program for minority students and New York residents.
Armed only with the knowledge that the Sophie Davis mission is to diversify the face of medicine and focus on serving the medically underserved, Sample worked hard in her studies and hoped for the best. She also took it upon herself to gain more exposure to the medical field by joining the Student National Medical Association and secured a summer hospital internship in Long Island.
“The progression of translating a set of lab values and symptoms into an etiology of disease, a diagnosis and, ultimately, developing a treatment plan for a patient that results in a healthier outcome is what drives my interest in medicine,” Sample says.
She is currently enrolled at New York University School of Medicine with the goal of becoming a doctor. She also works on a research project involving African-Americans and hypertension and volunteers on Saturdays at the student-run New York City Free Clinic.
Sample’s varied experiences have given her a deeper understanding about the needs of the medically underserved. The scholarship reinforces her passion to create positive changes that translate into positive outcomes for patients.
“We need to inspire younger generations of color by helping them to recognize that they, too, can become doctors and surgeons,” Sample says. “The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship celebrates that.”