As a senior at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Luis Dlouhy had the opportunity to shadow a local physician. The result – his affinity for the medical sciences evolved into a dream of becoming a physician.

“Seeing all the roles a physician had to perform while practicing gave me more respect for the field,” Dlouhy says. “Becoming a physician aligned with my interests and personal philosophy.”

Dlouhy knew the next step to achieving his aspirations. He strived to attend Texas A&M University.

“With all the opportunities available at Texas A&M, it was a no-brainer,” he says.

Dlouhy was ecstatic to begin his journey at Texas A&M, taking advantage of all the opportunities the university offered. As an undergraduate, he was an active member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the prehealth honor society.

Dlouhy’s favorite experience came when Texas A&M afforded him the opportunity to study abroad.

“Studying abroad in Germany and Austria has been my favorite experience as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University,” he says. “Getting a chance to visit historical medical sites, watch surgeries and see new medical innovations such as high-tech prosthetics was an unforgettable experience.”

With an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, Dlouhy has a keen interest towards medical innovation.

“I would love to work in an area of medicine that would continue to foster my passion for medical technology,” he says.

That passion required Dlouhy to find a medical school that best suited his needs. That school was the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) College of Medicine.

“The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine is a place where I can continue to pursue my interests and have the opportunity to become a medical innovator,” Dlouhy says. “With all the research opportunities and world-renowned professors, I was ecstatic to learn about my acceptance.”

As a medical student, Dlouhy hopes to acquire the basic knowledge and tools to become a successful physician.

“I would compound all that I learn with my knowledge of engineering to better serve my patients,” he says. “I want to become a true medical scientist by researching in addition to serving my patients as their doctor.”

With all his ambitions and several years of medical school ahead of him, Dlouhy was thrilled to learn he had been selected the first recipient for the TAMHSC-College of Medicine Rapport Society Scholarship. The Rapport Society is an exclusive organization of alumni and friends dedicated to advancing the college’s stature and reputation. Members coordinate with the administration and faculty to identify critical medical education issues and attract resources to support these opportunities.

“Being the first recipient of the Rapport Society’s Scholarship is a huge honor,” Dlouhy says. “It has reinforced my drive and desire to take advantage of all the opportunities the College of Medicine has to offer.”

Dlouhy graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2012 and will begin his journey as a medical student in August. He gives credit to all who have helped him through his incredible journey.

“I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all I have without the help and support of my parents, friends and professors,” he says. “I thank all of them and greatly appreciate all they do for me.”

— Blair Williamson