College of Medicine
- Doctorate of Medicine, 2014
Family Medical Resident
Grad Success: Brett Thomas
Entering medical school can be intimidating. Brett Thomas admits his experience was no exception, and he often doubted whether he made the right decision. Fortunately, Thomas finished his degree and attributed his success to the fact that he went to Florida State University, where his faculty and peers supported him the entire way.
Thomas was first exposed to the medical field when his brother was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. His family was introduced to many “nice people in white coats,” Thomas said. This experience showed him that medicine could be his path to helping people in need. Although Thomas is not directly working with sickle cell anemia, he is trying to work in underserved areas so he can give care to families in need.
In recognition of this passion, Thomas was a recipient of the National Health Service Corps Student to Service financial aid during his time at FSU. This scholarship program helps medical students pay for school as long as they commit a few years after graduation to helping a community that is lacking adequate professional health care.
For now, Thomas is aiming to help families and underserved communities. For the future, however, he sees himself at a university, teaching and mentoring students. Thomas is appreciative of his education and hopes to inspire others to use their opportunities to make a difference. He wants medical students to realize that the field can be about more than health. Doctors can be role models and advocates as well as being healers.
Education is a privilege. Don’t take it for granted. This experience is not just about a degree; it’s about the people you’ll one day serve.