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Samuel G Cook

M.D. Class of 2019

Hometown: Tallahassee, Fla.
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University

Sam graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in biochemistry and international affairs. Throughout his undergraduate years, he continued to volunteer in the surrounding community where he grew up. He enjoys mentoring young people and worked for over three years at his church as a paid assistant for the youth group. Through church connections, Sam also made regular visits to underprivileged Gadsden County, Florida, participating in construction projects, cross-community youth events and English classes for migrant families. Sam gained much of his experience abroad as well. A medical mission trip to Nicaragua during high school first turned his attentions to medicine, and he has returned to serve in the same community every year since. In the summer of 2014, he interned in a public hospital in Nicaragua, shadowing the doctors for 10 weeks while leading daily English classes for nurses. Many of his international experiences fed into his passion for global medicine, which he exercised as an officer of the Advocates for World Health student organization at FSU. Sam chose the FSU College of Medicine because of its mission to serve the underserved, an essential goal of his future practice.