Lawrence has always had a passion for medicine starting at age 2 and has never wavered from his dream. Born in Florida and now a resident of Atlanta Georgia, he has a desire to help others fulfill their dreams.
"Nothing, absolutely nothing can be achieved if you can’t visualize it first."
He is living proof.
Combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency Candidate '21
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA May 2021
Doctor of Medicine
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA May 2021
Master of Business Administration
University Of Miami
Coral Gables, FL May 2016
Bachelor of Science, Psychology; Minor: Chemistry
AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Scholar
Fellowship Recipient, Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
University of Southern California Black Alumni Association Scholar
National Medical Fellowship Scholar
Dean’s Report Spotlight
Brothers Overcoming Negativity & Destruction President
President’s 100 Student Ambassadors
United Black Students 1st Vice President
Undergraduate Advising Services in Psychology Peer Advising Liaison
President Donna Shalala’s Task Force
AAMC National EDI Competencies Committee
Co-President Associated Students of the Keck School of Medicine of USC
Keck Brothers In Medicine Founder, Treasurer
USC Marshall MBA Ambassador
Black Graduate Student Network President
Keck SOM Class of 2020 Student Affairs Representative
Student National Medical Association Undergraduate Liaison
I believe in you. Four simple words that can change the world. When was the last time you heard those four words? The phrase is very powerful but scarce. Some hear it often, but some have never heard it. On the other hand, people cast doubt daily. Truthfully, the impact we have on ourselves and one another is limitless. I believe in you. Words that can create physicians and heal patients alike. I aim to be a servant leader known for inspiring all I encounter and further opening the door of medicine. I consider myself a motivational healer who helps the people around me feel good and do better. My career in the real world is the practice of healing patients; however, my career deep within my endocardium is helping people realize how strong they already are.
When Combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics was established over 50 years ago, I imagine many questioned the longevity and legitimacy of the profession. Those visionaries went against traditional thought and paved a path despite naysayers. I love how Med/Peds inherently defies the status quo. In the year 2020, intelligent people tell me I will not see both adults and children in my practice. The flexibility of being a specialist for the entire age spectrum (with option of fellowship) allows for the depth and autonomy I need for offering the best care to my patients. Similarly to the giants in this specialty who have trained me, I am an individual who cannot be boxed in; as representative of both professions, I will join other Med/Peds physicians to connect and navigate multiple perspectives & audiences with finesse. I was sold my first day of clinic with my first two patients being a newborn 1 visit to a 65-year-old st follow-up. As a relentless scholar, founder, and unpaid comedian, my talents and interests are as vast and strong as my future scope of practice. I see Med/Peds as the field that allows me to live in my truth as a trailblazer.
The practice of medicine is such a privilege; I can put on a white coat, and people suddenly listen to and respect me. As a Black man, I have experienced and learned from others the depths to which people are ignored and rendered powerless. Heavily preoccupied with how to better heal and protect those most vulnerable, I will tenaciously fight to amplify the voices and ensure the respect of those traditionally disrespected. I will advocate for the entirety of all of my patients, whether through inspiring and supporting the dreams that invigorate their spirit or through ensuring due diagnostic and therapeutic diligence for any patient I get the honor of providing care. For me, medicine is the metaphorical shield allowing me to protect, restore, and help take on the challenges of those who need it most.
My path to medicine is more than a career goal. This mission is not only bigger than me; it is bigger than medicine. This opportunity to train in Med/Peds is transcendence. I will be the first physician in my family, but more importantly, I vow to see others become the first physician in their families. I started my journey in medicine to become that recognizable example showing it is possible to achieve an unimaginable goal. To many, I am a castle of dreams. My dream is to open and release the dreams of others. In addition to the resilience flowing through my vasculature, I have a world of people rooting for my success, propelling me through anything. Even while freezing, forced to unsuccessfully sleep in my car hours before my Step 2 exam, I still felt deep within success was imminent. I pursued my MBA in preparation for a potential career in medical school leadership, hospital administration, or creating my own facility. Now, these are all goals I hope to realize. I once was that kid walking around saying I was going to change the world as a physician. I am still that dreamer today, but I have also experienced the power of belief. Now, I believe in me