February 13, 2015
Taylor Barrett, of Provo, Utah, is the spring 2015 recipient of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine’s (AUC) Social Accountability Award. This $5,000 scholarship recognizes students who have made contributions to the St. Maarten community during their medical sciences education.
“Taylor volunteers as a counselor in the Young Men’s Program of the Philipsburg branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this role, he teaches a weekly class on good citizenship and making good moral choices,” said Elder Bruce Thomas, president of the Philipsburg branch.
“I have seen many students come and go, but none have connected with the young men of our congregation as much as Taylor,” said Huggins Alexander, a fellow church member. “He is a positive light in the lives of these young men.”
Mr. Barrett earned a bachelor of science in exercise and health science from Bingham Young University, Provo, Utah. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Barrett was a leader in his church and volunteer at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. “I learned the value of service and have continued down a path that led me to my passion for medicine and onto a lifelong career of learning and service,” Barrett said.
AUC takes great pride in creating and nurturing an environment that drives social accountability, and encourages medical students to grow personally and professionally through service learning. There are several university and student-led initiatives that benefit the citizens of St. Maarten while supporting students’ development into empathetic and socially engaged physicians.
As a physician in training at AUC, Barrett has connected with the St. Maarten community through church-related activities. “St. Maarten is an incredible place not only because it is stunningly beautiful, but also because of the people,” he said. “My interactions with the local community through volunteering with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have truly enriched my medical school experience.”
“I want to be a physician who provides excellent patient-centered care, and this scholarship gets me one step closer to realizing my goal,” Barrett said.