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Roosevelt Boursiquot

Roosevelt Boursiquot

National Health Service Corps Scholar 2011-14

College of Medicine MD, 2014


Born in Haiti, Roosevelt Boursiquot is an MD/PhD candidate currently taking a leave of absence from the PhD program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine to pursue his medical degree at DUCOM.  Roosevelt has been preparing for this journey since high school.  At Clara Barton HS in Brooklyn, he participated in a yearlong program at CUNY City College, the Bridge to Medicine Program.  Through this program, he took college level classes in the afternoon while fulfilling his high school degree requirements in the morning.  It was thanks to this program that Roosevelt developed a keen interest in biomedical research. From then on, he participated in a summer research program every year throughout his college years.

Throughout his education, Roosevelt has accumulated several competitive and prestigious awards, scholarships, and fellowships. Among them are a NIH Undergraduate and Franciscan Scholarship that fully covered his college tuition, a NIH Research Supplemental Grant that funded his fellowship at the Rockefeller University, and NIH F31 and NIH T32 grants that supported his PhD work.  Most recently, Roosevelt has received a 2011 National Health Science Corps (NHSC) scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to approximately 250 students out from more than 3,000 applicants pursuing careers in primary care.
 
Recipients of the NHSC in turn agree to practice medicine in rural or urban communities upon graduation and licensure. Roosevelt plans on returning to his Caribbean community in Brooklyn, New York to fulfill his NHSC obligations. In addition, he plans on completing a fellowship in oncology, cardiology, or infectious disease.  Roosevelt’s long-term goal is to be involved in academic medicine where he can continue practicing medicine while maintaining his involvement in basic science research, two important areas for him.