Scholar Program Inspires a Commitment to Helping Others

Suet Kam Lam, MD/MPH '13 chats with Dr. Audrey Jakubowski Lazarus at the Power & Promise Dinner.
"Gerald and Aubrey Lazarus' contributions to my education and research have fostered my future plans to continue my passion for combining both clinical and public health research with pediatrics."

Suet Kam Lam, MD/MPH

SMHS '13

I was inspired to become a doctor when I saw young children growing up in a world of drugs, alcohol, and gangs. I began thinking about how to keep children in school and break the cycle of poverty. I wanted to be in a constantly-changing field where I would feel challenged intellectually every day. The heart-warming encounters that I have with patients keep me motivated.

There is something priceless about an unexpected hug from a child and the genuine gratitude from parents who feel like you have taken the time to talk to them and have taken good care of their children. I look forward to these moments and knowing that I can make an impact on others’ lives.

I would like to thank Dr. Lazarus and Jakubowski for all of the support they have provided during the past several years. Their contributions to my education and research have fostered my future plans to continue my passion for combining both clinical and public health research with pediatrics.

The Lazarus Scholars in Health Care Delivery Program was established by Gerald Lazarus, SMHS MD, ’63 and Audrey Jakubowski Lazarus, PhD, to support medical students while they pursue extraordinary educational opportunities in health care, particularly with a focus on health delivery systems, international health, and health care in developing countries. This program is designed to provide pivotal experiences for future leaders in health care, and receives many applicants each year. The couple believes it is an extraordinary opportunity to be involved in the selection process.

Dr. Lazarus received a scholarship himself 50 years ago, and he and Audrey established the Lazarus Scholars Program as a way to give back. They consider it a privilege to see how scholarship recipients make the goals of the program a reality.

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