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The Junior Fellows Program alumnus Georgio Malouf has been interested in the medical profession since the age of eight, when his grandmother passed away from a heart attack due to atherosclerosis. The clogging in her arteries had not been detected until she had the heart attack, and at that point nothing could be done.
“I didn’t want something like that to happen to any other family, and made a vow when I was eight and went through with it,” he said. “I think it’s very important, to go into the field of medicine with a purpose and a desire to help people and not just to treat diseases.”
Georgio became a New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) Junior Fellow in 2006 while in eighth grade in the biomedical program at the John J. Pershing School in Brooklyn. NYAM’s Junior Fellows Program is designed to stimulate middle and high school students’ interest and career awareness in public health, science, medicine and research. Georgio’s favorite components of the Junior Fellows’ experience were learning how to conduct secondary research at the NYAM Library and visiting the Maimonides Medical Center for behind-the-scenes tours of various departments.
“I found it to be very motivating and inspiring to be able to go through all of the departments of the hospital and then do the medical research,” he said. “The Junior Fellows Program was a nice introduction to medicine from a young age.”
He went on to attend the Gateway to Medicine Program at Brooklyn Technical High School, graduating in 2011. While in high school, he won an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Toshiba National Science Teacher Association ExploraVision Awards competition. His project was a design for interactive holographic smartboards for classrooms.
During high school, he also continued to gain the “hands on” experience he was exposed to through The Junior Fellows Program by completing two summer internships at Bellevue Hospital Center. One of which was in the physical therapy and rehabilitation department, where he worked with patients who needed to relearn how to walk following surgery.
“It was very inspiring to help these people walk again after an accident or amputation,” Georgio said. “It’s not just about what the paperwork says—it’s about interacting with people. Working with these patients taught me the humanistic aspect of medicine.”
Georgio is now entering his third year as a double Biology and Psychology major and pre-medical student at the City College of New York. He earned a full scholarship to the school as part of the Honors Program. In 2012, he became Vice President of the college’s Caduceus Pre-Medical Society. One of his duties was to invite medical professionals to come talk to the students about their specialties.
“The professionals help motivate us to keep going, especially when it gets rough with organic chemistry, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT); all the obstacles of trying to get into medical school,” he said. “They would tell us that they experienced it and how they got through it and what their specialty means and how to get there. It’s always great to network with medical professionals and hear their stories.”
This year, Georgio became Vice President of the school’s Volunteer Emergency Services program, an organization run by students who serve as New York State Emergency Medical Technicians and respond to medical emergencies on campus. His current career goal is to become an invasive (also known as interventional) cardiologist. He’s well on his way toward fulfilling the pledge he made as a child, and credits his Junior Fellows experience as a significant part of his path.
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Posted on August 28, 2013
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