I Want To Be One of Those People Within The Guyanese Community Who Can Be A Role Model- Says Andrew
Andrew Kahnauth is a 23-year-old who describes himself as being from “sort of the heart of Ozone Park, 105th street.” But he is currently in his first term of medical school studies in Grenada.
Kahnauth received a Humanitarian Scholarship award from St. George’s University School of Medicine.
“I started in August,” he said in a Facetime call.
He expects to return home as a doctor in May 2020.
“The idea of medicine was intriguing to me from an early age,” he explained, but it was in watching a family member fight breast cancer that he became fully committed to being a doctor.
“She passed away at a young age,” he said. “Seeing the doctors do their best to help her, I took that to heart, that somebody would take comfort in their doctor [at such a difficult time].”
He is attracted to both emergency medicine and pediatrics as his specialty, though his connection to the latter seemed far more personal.
“I have a niece and a nephew who live next door to me,” he said. “The idea of looking into their health and easing the mind of their parents is really appealing to me. I want to do the same for parents in the community.”
As personal as his inspiration for practicing medicine may be, Kahnauth’s course as a doctor seems to be all about community.
“I want to be that person in the community that people come to,” he said. “I haven’t encountered a lot of Guyanese doctors. I want to be one of those people within the Guyanese community and Queens community who can be that role model.”
Kahnauth’s lengthy history of service must have stood out to evaluators at St. George’s University School of Medicine. He’s volunteered as a tutor and camp counselor for kids who have parents fighting cancer, and also compiled hours at the pediatric center at Stony Brook University Hospital during his tenure as a college student.