For Southwestern Central School graduate, Scott Darling, volunteering led him to a successful medical career.
“I was an undecided major at JCC (Jamestown Community College),” Darling said. “I volunteered at WCA Hospital and met with several doctors in the area, gleaning facts and information about life as a physician.”
It was then, with the help of his professors and advisors at Jamestown Community College, that Darling transitioned to Pre-Med. After graduating, he attended the State University of New York at Buffalo earning both his Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Medicine.
Today, Darling specializes in primary care sports medicine at the University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic.
“Practicing primary care sports medicine on a daily basis is both exciting and rewarding,” Darling said. “Although some of my patients are athletes, many are not. I enjoy taking care of all different types of patients who may suffer concussions, fractured bones or sprained joints and have been doing so since my fellowship in 2007.”
Since completing his fellowship, Darling has had the opportunity to serve as a course lecturer at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as well as serve as director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program.
“I have been very lucky with my life and career,” Darling said. “I have never forgotten the people who helped me achieve my goals. Most of them I have reconnected with in some way to express my gratitude, such as some of my academic advisors at UB. A few others have passed away but their impact will never be forgotten.”
And Darling is always willing to pass it on.
“I strive to be like some of my mentors who have provided inspiration either by their caring or simply their willingness to give never-ending support for struggling students,” Darling finished.
This feature is part of a series focusing on residents who have received scholarships from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. If you, or someone you know, received a scholarship from the Community Foundation and would like to be featured, contact Sarah Shelters at 661-3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2018-19 academic year. To qualify, students must have graduated from a Chautauqua County, or Randolph, high school. Scholarships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of subjects and vocations at two-year or four-year colleges or universities.
Click here to complete the 2018-2019 scholarship application. The deadline for applications is July 2.