Through a unique partnership between the Morehouse School of Medicine and CommonSpirit Health, Martin earned his Master of Physician Assistant Studies this spring.
“After my cousin’s major life event, I took a strong interest in life sciences and medicine, which anchored me on this career path,” he said. “Medicine brings me excitement and joy to give patient-centered care and also advocate for health equity.”
Martin’s journey started with his associate in biology from SMC and took a trip through the U.S. Army on his way to fulfilling his dream to work in medicine. After SMC, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in microbiology (biomedicine) at Clemson University. Then it was on to serve his country.
“In the military I served in many roles. After leading a cavalry scout platoon, my squadron commander gave me the opportunity to lead the medical platoon,” Martin says of his continued journey toward a career in medicine. “I took this opportunity because I was interested in attending physician assistant school, and fortunately I excelled and earned several accolades.”
That success helped him in his return to school following his service. Martin learned of the program at Morehouse, an independent medical school formerly associated with Morehouse College. The uniqueness of the independent program and its commitment to diversity increased his interest.
“What piqued my interest was that Morehouse School of Medicine was deeply invested in health equity, increasing diversity among health care providers,” Martin said.
He enrolled in the program and took part in the More in Common Alliance, a partnership that helped Morehouse students learn and work at hospitals in the CommonSpirit Health organization. The historic partnership is aimed at addressing the underlying causes of health inequities, including the lack of representation among care providers.
Martin was drawn to the program as it fulfilled two of his goals in the field of medicine. He completed his coursework and clinical rotations in several areas of medicine in facilities in Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn.
“Each rotation helped me learn more to be in tune with patients to provide the best care possible,” he said. “Additionally, clinical rotations bolstered my clinical skills, knowledge base, and strengthened my cultural aptitude with patients from various backgrounds.”
With his studies complete, Martin plans to go into orthopedic surgery while continuing his service in the Army and going on to earn his Ph.D. He also wants to help create a pathway for youth to learn about the physician assistant profession.