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Dreams of international medicine

Posted by Sarah Thomas  July 1, 2010 10:11 AM

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Scott Jelinek, a newly minted college grad from Wellesley, is deferring his admission to medical school to work with underprivileged students in Colorado.

After three different trips to Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, and Mozambique, the Boston College graduate still wishes to do more before he gets down to the business of providing safe medical care to the rest of the world, according to a press release from the college.

Jellinek was a Boston College Presidential Scholar who majored in international studies with a concentration in health care policy and a minor in theology. He was accepted into the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

“After graduate school, I plan on working in the area of global public health and focusing on disparities in health education and working with policy in the public service sector,” Jelinek said in the statement.

He said he intends to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Massachusetts native and one of the founders of the worldwide public health organization Partners in Health.

“I always knew when applying to college that I was interested in medicine and traveling,” said Jelinek, “but it was not until I read a book on Dr. Farmer, and then going to Ghana, that I realized my interest in medicine, service, and international travel was a passion for international public health.”

At his recent graduation ceremony, Jelinek was awarded the Mary A. & Katherine G. Finneran Commencement Award, given to the student who has achieved outstanding success in studies, while also devoting time and talents to other activities for the enrichment of the college and student life.

He also was inducted into the Order of the Cross and Crown, an honor society for graduating senior men and women who, while achieving an average of at least an A-, have established records of unusual service and leadership on campus.

Jelinek has already shared his data and research findings at a number of academic conferences and has published articles in Boston College’s economic research journal, The Eagletarian, and in the University’s bioethics research journal, Ethos, according to the release.

Jelinek will study public health and global health at Mount Sinai. He will also obtain a Masters in Education from Teach for America, which he will earn while teaching science to secondary school students.

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