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#SNMAExcellence Series: Maseray S. Kamara, MD

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

 

We would like to present to you our newly-installed #SNMAExcellence Series!

In this series, we are going to be routinely featuring both SNMA chapters and members that have displayed excellence through academic endeavors, community service, leadership roles, and/or research activities. If you feel that you or your chapter represents the excellence that the SNMA upholds on a daily basis, go on ahead and fill out this form! #SNMAExcellence

 

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Name: Maseray S. Kamara, MD

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA

Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University

College Major: Molecular Biology

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Favorite Quote: "It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela

Contact Information: maseraykam@gmail.com

Additional Links: Instagram - @drkamara

 

Dr. Maseray S. Kamara is our first feature in the #SNMAExcellence series! Dr. Kamara graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine this May and will be a categorical, general surgery resident physician at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University starting in July! She was recently honored by the United States Public Health Service as the 2018 recipient of the Excellence of Public Health Award on behalf of the US Surgeon General. She was recognized for her community service, leadership, and research which spanned from her Princeton Senior thesis on sickle cell disease in Sierra Leone to organizing water drives for the Flint Water Crisis, to serving as the Issue Editor of the AMA Journal of Ethics 'Clean Water Access and the Roles of Clinicians' issue. She, like many students and physicians in the SNMA, is committed to using her education and talents to serve the medically underserved. In the future, she hopes to practice public health surgery: practicing in a medically underserved area in the US, developing symbiotic partnerships with hospital facilities in a developing country, and writing for both academic and public consumption. #SNMAExcellence

  

Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?

I graduated from medical school in May 2018 and will be a categorical, general surgery resident physician at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University starting in July! Ultimately, I chose surgery because I am enamored with the ability to apply physiologic and anatomical principles to solve pathologic puzzles that directly impact the lives and medical outcomes of my patients. In the future, I hope to practice public health surgery: practicing in a medically underserved area in the US, developing symbiotic partnerships with hospital facilities in a developing country, and writing for both academic and public consumption.

How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?

The MSU CHM Executive Board puts on an annual Reach Out to Youth event. Medical students host workshops for elementary students (focusing on nutrition and exercise) and their parents (focusing on maximizing the health and education of their children). It's a phenomenal community event that makes me proud to be SpartyMD and a member of SNMA! #SNMAExcellence

What is your biggest accomplishment in medical school to date?

I am absolutely honored to be the 2018 recipient of the United States Public Health Services' Excellence of Public Health Award. I was presented the award by Lieutenant Snyder on behalf of the United States Surgeon General. It was amazing to be recognized for my community service, leadership, and research which spanned from my Princeton Senior thesis on sickle cell disease in Sierra Leone to organizing water drives for the Flint Water Crisis, to serving as the Issue Editor of the AMA Journal of Ethics 'Clean Water Access and the Roles of Clinicians' issue. I, like many students and physicians in the SNMA, am committed to using my education and talents to serve the medically underserved. It was surreal to be recognized for work that I am passionate and excited about, and I hope to continue serving my communities in line with the great legacy of the SNMA.

How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?

The Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) is an empowering and rejuvenating experience. The formal meetings and topics discussed are uplifting. The fellowship with underrepresented minority pre-medical students, medical students, and physicians from across the nation reminded me that I am not alone in this medical journey - though I may feel that way at times. The display of success in research, business, community service, and leadership served as a mirror of the possibilities for my life. There is power in representation and community, making AMEC a phenomenal conference.

What do you do to get through the stressful nature of school?

As we know, medical school is grueling. It's tough. There are trying days and long clinical and study days. But, it is important that we do the things we love, and TAKE A BREAK. I recharge by talking on the phone (hello, somebody!), bargain shopping (something about the mall is so therapeutic), writing (my journal is the real MVP), listening to motivational YouTube speeches (Auntie Oprah and Eric Thomas hold me down) and bumming it in the living room with family or friends.

Do you have any passions outside of school? If so, what are they?

I am passionate about writing. I want to share my story, as well as the underrepresented stories of others. I want my words to empower individuals and inspire analysis of our society. And, while medical training is fulfilling, I decided to go for it - forget waiting to become an accomplished physician to write about my experiences and connect with people through prose. I decided to actively work towards my dream of writing for public consumption. Since making this commitment, I have written numerous articles which have been published in KevinMD, In-Training Magazine, Doximity, the AMA Journal of Ethics, and more. I even was recognized as In-Training Magazine's Top 10 Article of 2017! I will admit, being "fearless in the pursuit of what sets [my] soul of fire" feels absolutely wonderful! (Adapted from my KevinMD article "Stop letting delayed gratification steal your joy")

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