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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Volunteer Work and Cultural Experiences Earned Student a Scholarship

February 02, 2015

Valentino Baldeo desires to be a physician for one reason: to heal. “I’m not persuaded by money or prestige,” says Valentino.

His deep desire to heal was developed after experiencing several close relatives battle with physical and mental illnesses – including prostate cancer, breast cancer, suicide attempt and inoperable pulmonary emboli.

Influenced by his father, Valentino decided to pursue a medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine. His father, a pediatric neurologist, graduated from RUSM in 2003 and is a member of the university’s clinical faculty at South Nassau Hospital in New York.

“I’ve watched my father and have seen the care he displays with patients. He seemingly heals those he touches – it’s awe-inspiring,” says Valentino. “I don’t want to walk in his footsteps. I want to walk alongside him, able to do everything I can for those who need help.”

Valentino received the Community Health Leadership Award largely due to his volunteer work. He worked alongside a Child Life Specialist in the emergency room at Winthrop University Hospital. Assisting his father, he aided in examining patients at Skeldon Hospital and an orphanage - both in Guyana. Also, Valentino helped register Spanish-speaking patients at Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center in Wyandanch, NY.

Valentino’s diverse network of friends and cultural background has shaped his perspective on medicine. “I’ve associated with rich and poor people. I’ve had exposure to Hindu, Muslim and Christian religions. And, I’ve befriended people of various ethnicities,” says Valentino. “It’s not about color, nor class. I see health, because that’s what matters.”


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