André’s second chance – after CSEC failure, Jamaican paediatric transplant surgeon now giving kids a new lease on life

Performance in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams can limit one’s ability to advance professionally, but Dr André Dick, associate professor of surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, was given a new lease on life when he migrated and decided to turn around his academic performance.

“I did poorly at CSEC. To this day, when I talk to people and they say, ‘You seem so successful’, I tell them that it has come from multiple failures along the way and, after CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council), I said to myself there is no way I can continue this way; and so the fear of failure drove me to where I am today,” he told The Gleaner.

His first year in the United States was a miserable one, as he could not get into any school to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor, but once he gained acceptance to the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, after doing the Scholastic Assessment Test, he was determined to excel.

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