DOCTORS OF TOMORROW 2020 WINNING ESSAYS

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$300 PRIZE ESSAY WINNER: KATHRYN MEADOWS

Doctor Finds Cure for Pediatric Migraines

Excerpt from an article published in 2040

For the past 10 years, Dr. Kathryn Meadows has been tirelessly working towards her lifelong goal and the driving reason she became a physician: to find a cure for pediatric migraines. A recent publication in The Lancet shows that the cure is here. When asked about her contribution to the field, Dr. Meadows said, “It is truly wonderful. There were days when I never thought it would be possible to say that children will not have to suffer from these debilitating headaches. I could not be more excited for the change this will make in the lives of so many.” It should not come as a surprise that Meadows is over the moon about this achievement. She has previously revealed her connection to the disease: she was, and still is, is a sufferer herself. “I started getting them in middle school and they just never stopped,” Meadows says, “At the time, it was so crushing for me to hear that so little research has been done in a field that affects 10% of children worldwide. Now I know that no child will have the experience I did."

$200 PRIZE ESSAY WINNER: SADÉ DAWSON

His name was Jamel, Jamel Lewis to be exact. He was a childhood friend of mine who lived in my birth country Jamaica. He was one of the smartest kids I had known, there were times when I wanted to be like him or achieve the level of intelligence he had acquired. Jamel had his future predestined. He told me he wanted to become a neurosurgeon and attend John Hopkins University. He talked about reading autobiographical books on famous neurosurgeons. I saw him in a different light that day, he was my role model, but I never got the chance to tell him. As his dreams along like many others in Jamaica were deferred. He never got to go to college like he wanted to or even graduated from High School. He never got the opportunity to turn his dreams into reality, so I chose to live his dreams for him to prove that nothing is impossible. Who I want to become is not only just for me it’s for Jamel and all other kids out there in the world who thinks their best isn’t good enough. I have a Major Influence To Become A Physician came in the form of a boy at the age of 12, his name is Jamel Lewis.

$100 PRIZE ESSAY WINNER: SOPHIA MASTROIANNI

I volunteered annually at my communities St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. I observed kids of all ages shave their heads for kids with cancer. I watched these kids run around smiling with their bald heads and was immediately inspired by people and their ability to make an impact in even the smallest way. This made me realize I wanted t help in a way beyond volunteering.

To be a doctor has its obvious benefits, pay, respect and “status”. However, this isn’t my reason for wanting to be a physician. In the purest way, I want to change the lives of the people I encounter. If I give a patient many more great days or just one, I want to make an impact. Whether I am treating a cold or helping a terminally ill father walk his daughter down the aisle, I want to be someone who never stops believing in the resilience of mankind and I want to be as inspired as I was when I first saw those children. I understand the outcome isn’t always positive and the day aren’t heavenly. However, medicine is a field in which I will never stop learning, challenging myself, or formulating relationships.