Diverse background inspired soon-to-be physician to focus on cultural competency in health care
Ask Lawrence Benjamin where he is from, and there isn’t just one answer.
“I am from Durham, Dallas and Salt Lake City, and I have close ties to Boston and St. Louis,” said Benjamin, who will earn his medical degree in May from Washington University School of Medicine.
Growing up in a medical family – his father is a cardiologist, his mother a registered nurse – he moved frequently. “I’m from all over,” said Benjamin, 26, a noted leader in his class, particularly in issues pertaining to cultural diversity. “I like to adapt.”
Benjamin’s experience living across the United States, coupled with his roots as a first-generation American – his father is Guyanese, his mother Haitian – spurred his interest in exploring how a person’s background can affect individual health care.