UMMSM Future Doc Series

UMMSM Future Doc Series April 2020

Featured Doctor Graphic for Lawrence Rolle

UMMSM Summer Program Completed: MCAT Prep, 2015
Undergrad: University of Miami
Degree: BS Psychology, Chemistry Minor
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC & USC Marshall School of Business, MD/MBA 2021
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Questions

Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

I was one of those kids growing up always saying they wanted to be a doctor. My mom said I made the decision at age 2. The validity of that I’m unsure but growing up I viewed it as a challenge. I didn’t know anyone that was a physician, and I wanted to prove it was possible and be that visible example showing people they can achieve a dream. As I’ve matured, I’ve learned I was destined to inspire people and being a Black man in medicine puts me in the perfect position to help others in health and in life.

What advice would you give to premed students applying to medical school?

Be on time(early), don’t wait on people to do things for you, it may result in you being late. Be yourself and find the value you can provide to the world and show it in your application. Don’t sit for the MCAT until you are comfortable with the score you are getting on practice tests. When you sit for it, kill it. It is nothing to wait a year or two or five to apply, it may turn into an advantage while in medical school. Think about the type of doctor you want to be in the future (caring, intelligent, respectful, whatever), and start being them now. You can change people’s lives as a premed student. Build habits and strengths that will serve you well as a physician, and by the time you become one you will already have experience.

Tell us about your UMMSM Future Medical Scholars Summer Program experience.

It was beautiful! We had a great group of dynamic future docs and it provided me the perfect environment to not only prepare for the MCAT but get my mind ready for the field of medicine. It gave me a community of people that we all helped to motivate and inspire each other to grind hard to prepare for the exam. Not only did it help with preparation and building a medical community, it helped me visualize becoming a physician. I never shadowed prior to the experience, nor did I have any medical experiences in my life up to that point. Although I spent my life aiming for this goal with no clinical experience, Miller gave me life-changing clinical experiences and introduced me to the rigor and environment of medical school.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

I really don’t have much spare time because I’m busy trying to change the world (and heavily involved as a student leader), but when I’m procrastinating on other responsibilities I enjoy hanging out with my friends, helping to mentor and motivate premed students, and I’ve just now started nourishing my green thumb. I have created a budding organization designed to help URM (Underrepresented in Medicine) Premed students get into medical school. With the organization known as PreMed Finesse, we are creating a community of URM Premed students, Medical students, and Physicians all with the goal of helping each other navigate our medical journey. On my website (PreMedFinesse.com) you can find our online forums, advice from others in the field, and set up 1 on 1 sessions with me on whatever is necessary. Founding this organization has been fun and rewarding, and I need to spend more time on it!