Student Corner: Preston Gorman
Feb. 1, 2012
- Second-year Physician Assistant student
After graduating from Texas A&M University, Gorman Preston pursued his childhood dream and joined the Houston Fire Department, where he went through firefighter and paramedic training. He worked at Station 55 and Station 10 for five years, and it was during this time that he developed a love for medicine. He joined BCM's physician assistant program in 2010.
Gorman had volunteered in the past with the Small Steps Nurturing Center, a non-profit Christian organization that provides early childhood education and nurtures the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual growth of economically at-risk children in the inner-city of Houston. When he came to BCM, he joined the Robert Luchi Society, a student society that focuses on providing needed medical services to the underserved and disadvantaged areas of Texas.
He worked to have Small Steps as one of the organizations that the Luchi Society donated their funds to. Gorman also organized a class-wide service project at Small Steps as a part of a required service-hour component of the program. Students committed to serving the needs of the organization and the children at least one day per week for a month, and activities involved mentoring the children, assisting with upkeep of the facility and other needs.
Gorman is the recipient of the Memorial Hermann Volunteer Service Scholarship, which is awarded twice a year to students in the health professions. He was one of 10 recipients and was awarded $5,000 for his work with Small Steps Nurturing Center.
"I feel very fortunate to have received this award and am very thankful to the committee for selecting me," said Gorman. "I can't wait to graduate, begin practicing and help the community around me."