Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

My name is Kayla Davis. I have a B. S. in Biology and an M. Sc. Biomedical and Molecular Science Research. I was thirteen years old when I lost my mother. Many questions preoccupied my mind after her death. Did the doctors do something wrong? Were there any other treatment options? Would things have been different if we had health insurance? How did she die? It was not until much later that I understood her diagnosis of severe hemolytic anemia. To this day, I wish there was more I could have done. I could not help my mother then, but I am on a path to help others. Instead of allowing the loss of my mother to have a negative effect on my life, I let the situation fuel my passion and motivate me to attain my goals.
I aspire to be a doctor who will impact the lives of patients by showing compassion and providing excellent care. My interest in medicine grew while working as a medical scribe. Working with Dr. Crisel, an interventional cardiologist, was a rewarding experience. I recall one case where a patient was exercising at the gym when they experienced chest pain and collapsed on the treadmill. The ambulance transported the patient to the hospital, where he/she received a cardiac catheterization and was diagnosed with an anomalous left coronary artery attached to the pulmonary artery(ALCAPA). ALCAPA occurs in 1 out of 300,000 births. The physician mentioned that 9/10 people diagnosed with ALCAPA do not survive the first year of life, however, this patient lived into their 50s, survived a myocardial infarction, and recovered with no impairment in cardiac function. The fact that they survived those unfortunates circumstances was a miracle, to me, and medicine and science facilitated that miracle. After hearing this story, I had so many questions about the body. I want to learn everything I can about the body including how it functions and how to heal it. This scholarship will help me reach my goals while lessening the burden from student loan debt. Thank you!

Kayla from Georgia
Howard University College of Medicine