September 18, 2014
Mr. Daniel Plavin, a former firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT), from Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, was recently awarded the Career Commitment Scholarship from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). The Career Commitment Scholarship, an award in the amount of $10,000, recognizes students who were previously employed in the healthcare profession and are ready to take the next step to becoming a physician.
“At AUC, the diversity of our students strengthens the educational experience for everyone. Empowering hard working students who have strived academically while also contributing to the common good in their communities is integral to our mission,” said Heidi Chumley, MD, executive dean and chief academic officer of AUC. “As someone who has already had a career in the healthcare field, Daniel has shown a commitment to serving others, and we honor and encourage this commitment by investing in him through this scholarship.”
Mr. Plavin earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Binghamton University, New York. While pursuing his degree, Mr. Plavin became certified as a firefighter and EMT and dedicated himself to this profession after graduating. “Because of my background, I can enter medical school knowing that practicing medicine is something I love and will love for the rest of my life,” said Mr. Plavin.
Having gone through AUC’s orientation week on campus, Mr. Plavin’s medical education journey is on its way. “I’m excited about everything AUC has to offer. It’s almost overwhelming— whether it’s making new lifelong friends, learning in the [high-tech] simulation center with the Harvey® the SimMan®, or engaging with professors in the classroom, I’m so happy I chose AUC.”