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Senior gives back by helping at hospitals

Internships at local hospitals have proven beneficial to Sejdo Mulic at two different levels.

“With these internships, you’re able to gain the experience you need for your future aspirations,” said Mulic, a 21-year-old senior majoring in biological sciences. “At the same time, you are able to connect with the community and contribute to the community.

“A commitment to community service outreach programs helps strengthen the tie between the campus and outlying communities. It’s important for the student body to be involved with Binghamton and show that we care.”

Mulic spent the spring of 2008 helping at Binghamton General Hospital, where he worked in the operating room. He moved to Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in spring 2009. There he shadowed family practice physicians, worked in the emergency department and received advice about the field from medical students.

The Bronx native spent the summer at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City as part of the volunteer program Project Health Care and has participated in the Harpur Summer Physician Mentoring Program with Dr. Neil Sperling ’81, who practices in Manhattan.

Mulic is applying to medical schools and hopes to someday work in emergency or internal medicine.

“I’ve always been interested in the sciences,” he said. “My internships only solidified my desire to become a physician.”

Mulic, whose community work helped him become a recepient of the 2009 Binghamton University Forum Scholarship, said he would like to return to New York City to practice medicine.

“I enjoy the hustle and bustle of New York City,” he said. “New York City needs all the physicians it can get, especially with the shortage of primary-care physicians that it is going through now. I’d like to give back: You can’t forget where you came from.”

But Mulic won’t forget Binghamton, where he also is a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee and has served as a teaching assistant in chemistry and biological sciences.

“It’s a nurturing environment,” said Mulic, a first-generation American whose parents came from Montenegro. “People care for each other and help each other. I’ve met a lot of great people here who have the commitment to pursue greater things in the future.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08