January 28, 2014
Mr. Amrit Singh, of South Riding, Virginia, was recently the recipient of the highest scholarship award given by the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). The Dean’s Award of Excellence Scholarship, an award in the amount of $25,000, recognizes students who come to AUC with exceptional academic achievements and a demonstrated commitment to service. Singh is one of the top incoming students in AUC’s January 2014 class.
“Applicants to AUC are bright and ambitious, and attuned to the impact they can make by becoming physicians who are engaged with their community through service,” said Heidi Chumley, MD, executive dean and chief academic officer of AUC. “The scholarship committee and I were impressed by what Amrit has accomplished so far and I look forward to seeing him develop into a physician at AUC.”
Mr. Singh earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Virginia. As a child he observed his grandfather, an herbalist in India, provide relief from pain and illness to those in their rural community. “It was then that the seed for community service was planted in my heart,” he said. “My commitment to the field of medicine continued as I pursued medical research at the National Institutes of Health and volunteered at the Inova Hospital in Virginia.”
At AUC, there are a multitude of outreach opportunities with community partners in Sint Maarten and students have a long-standing tradition of supporting local organizations through fundraising and volunteering. Active student groups are involved in various initiatives such as HIV awareness and screenings, health education, and diabetes testing.
Mr. Singh is only a few weeks into his first semester as a physician-in-training, and already feels at home in AUC’s close-knit community. “My experience at AUC exceeds expectations. So far, it has been great, and I believe it can only get better in the coming semesters as I familiarize myself and get used to the new culture of medical school,” said Mr. Singh.