Class of 2021, The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

During his first two years in med school, Andrew Homere received NMF scholarships to do a service-learning project with underserved high school students interested in careers in healthcare. He loved being able to support aspiring healthcare leaders, as his mentors had provided such crucial support to him. In his third year, he was excited to start his clerkships and get to work in the hospital. Then COVID-19 hit. Abruptly, he had to transition from being in the hospital to completing his rotation online. On top of that, scheduling for his remaining rotations, his board exams, everything was now up in the air.

But Andrew’s a plucky fellow. (Maybe it’s because he’s finally tapping into his inner surfer dude, learning to ride the waves after living in the Midwest and East Coast all his life.) He was “riding the wave” and keeping a positive attitude. Then social unrest around the killing of Black men erupted across the nation. He’s feeling a lot of feelings. He’s a Black man in America. He’s the son of immigrants from Haiti and the Philippines. He’s from Chicago(land). But he’s a plucky fellow. (NMF Scholars tend to be that way!) He sees hope and promise in the fact that so many more people are recognizing and trying to address systemic inequalities that have been ignored for far too long. That kind of pluck and optimism will serve him (and his future patients) well. We are so proud to be part of Andrew’s success, the impact he is already making, and the amazing work that we know he’ll do in the future!