Student Spotlight

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Daphne Scott

Daphne Scott will pursue a career in family medicine, specializing in sports medicine, upon graduating. Photo by Edgar Antonio Nunez

Returning home for medical school

Daphne Scott, a Las Vegas native, is president of the Class of 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Southern California in 2004.

What made you decide upon a career in medicine?

After time out-of-state for my undergraduate and graduate education, I knew that I wanted to come back to Nevada for medical school. I spoke to current students and learned of the various opportunities that it had to offer, including small class sizes, dedicated faculty and administration and early clinical experiences. I quickly learned that Nevada had all the attributes I was seeking in a medical school and was extremely excited when I was accepted.

What is your particular area of clinical interest and what steered you toward it?

I am interested in family medicine with a special interest in sports medicine. I have had many wonderful experiences working with various family medicine physicians both in the Student Outreach Clinic and during my third-year clerkship. These physicians gave me great insight into the field, making the decision to go into it an easy one. My experience at USC as an athletic medicine student assistant piqued my interest in sports medicine. I hope to complete a fellowship in primary care sports medicine after finishing my family medicine residency.

Best experience afforded to you by the School of Medicine?

The best experience I've had comes from my time managing the Student Outreach Clinic. I was able to work alongside my fellow classmates to provide free health care to the uninsured. Not only were we able to provide a much-needed service to the community, but we also started developing our clinical skills with real patients early in medical school.

What challenges have you had to overcome during medical school?

The biggest challenge I have faced was the sudden death of my father after my first year of medical school. My dad was my biggest supporter and it has been a struggle going through the remainder of medical school without him. I am so fortunate to have had the support of my wonderful mother, sister, family and friends to help fill the void of not having him around. I am so lucky to have had such a caring man in my life for the time that he was here and I know that he will be there with me in spirit on graduation day.

You are president of the Class of 2010. What has that meant to you?

I know that I am a little biased, but I think we have one of the best classes that has ever come through this school. We are made up of individuals, but over the course of medical school, we have come together to make some positive changes in our school and the community. It has been an honor to represent such a wonderfully talented group of individuals.

Please finish this sentence: “Professionally, in 10 years, I see myself…

Providing care to patients of all ages and backgrounds as a family medicine physician. I hope to continue my commitment to the underserved as well as mentoring those who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.