First off, thank you very much for spending the time to consider contributing to my tuition efforts. It really means a lot to me because helping each other in time of need is central to my passion of medicine.
First off, a little about me:
My name is Ernest Enyan and I’m from Ghana in West Africa. Ghana is a really great place but has a substandard health care system mostly due to a shortage of qualified doctors (high patient to doctor ratio). I first experienced the ramification of this when I lost my childhood friend to a treatable illness only because there was no doctor available at the local health facility. This event was a strong driver for my pursuit of a degree in Pharmacy, which I obtained in 2013. A few months later in 2013, I witnessed my sister go through a severe emotional struggle after she lost her baby; all because the only doctor qualified to conduct an emergency cesarean section was stuck in the surgery theatre treating another patient. Unfortunately, the surgeon was unable to make it on time and she lost the baby she carried for 9 months and almost lost her own life. In retrospect, I see that these experiences, while tremendously tragic, were and continue to be the source and fuel of my motivation to become a Physician. More specifically, I’m pursuing an MD so that I may provide service to humanity by addressing key gaps in health delivery in developing countries like my own.
I’m currently in my third year at American University of St. Vincent, School of Medicine in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and am one step closer to meet that goal. I received an offer of admission to a 4-year doctor of medicine (MD) program at AUS on a partial scholarship that covered 25% of my tuition. I’ve always been an avid saver and initially planned to use funds saved during my work as a Pharmacist and my parents sponsorship to meet the difference. I have successfully completed basic sciences, which is the classroom portion of Medical School, and achieved high marks. I’ve tutored struggling classmates, received the Dean’s list award in all but one semester of Basic Sciences, and was the valedictorian of the 5th semester. When I received my degree in Pharmacy from Ghana, I was presented an award for the best candidate in the law and ethics section of the Ghana Pharmacy Professional Qualifying Examination. I am currently going into my 6th semester out of the 10 necessary to achieve my M.D.