When Eugene Palatulan, MD, Class of 2017, planned on attending the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) conference this year, he never thought he would have the honor of being a recipient of the Jason Davenport Scholarship. Each year, the AMSSM gives this award to five trainees who best exemplify an aspiring sports medicine physician who has devoted their young career in service to their community. When Eugene applied, he wrote about his lifelong service to the Bronx starting as a citizen who tutored and mentored in high school, one who became a teacher for seven years in Bronx high schools and noted especially his experience as a medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine when he, along with like-minded classmates, started a mentoring program for high school students in nearby schools in the Bronx. The icing for Eugene is his service to the community, a truly lifelong goal.
He is ecstatic about the opportunity in the coming months (mid-August 2022), as he will begin his dream journey as an attending sports medicine physician at Montefiore, which he considers to be a full circle. He hopes to use the wealth of knowledge and experience he has accumulated in the Bronx and what he has added through all his training, most recently as a sports medicine fellow at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, to serve his community he fondly calls the Boogie down Bronx.