Transfer student Michael Scott came to Southern Utah University with a desire to join the medical field. As a junior nutrition major from Ephraim, Utah, Michael is using his studies to help him develop a path to medical school.
For Michael and many other students studying at a rural college in Utah, the Rural Health Scholar program prepares them for admission to medical or dental school, or other graduate health care professions. Recently, Michael had an opportunity to participate in an alternative spring break with the Rural Health Scholars to Las Vegas.
During the trip, students had the opportunity to do services like foot baths, food donations and medical observations in an urban area. Michael and others worked with three groups including, Three Square Food Bank, Shade Tree, and Salvation Army.
Michael was first able to participate in Three Square Food Bank by handing out healthy foods to children that typically go without. He then assisted with daily activities and served meals with Shade Tree, a Las Vegas-based shelter for women, children and pets that are victims of domestic abuse. At the Salvation Army, Michael and the group assisted with basic health screenings to the homeless community, where they tested for illnesses like diabetes.
Michael and other SUU students were invited to shadow a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with casting and surgery, a highlight of their spring break experience.
Michael said Rita Osborne, was a large influence for him before and after the spring break trip.
“The trip created a one-on-one environment, and Rita was able to help me identify what undergraduate prerequisites I need to get into the necessary programs,” Michael said. “This trip helped me regain perspective that nutrition and the medical field is the right path for me.”
Michael wants to combine his passion for family with his passion for serving others. He plans to take his future children on service trips to varying countries to teach them the importance of helping others.
Michael said SUU has helped him identify his career and family aspirations as they relate to a profession in the medical field.