AUA Elects Antiguan as Co-Valedictorian

Gaden OsborneAntigua St. John's - The American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine has announced that Antiguan citizen Gaden Osborne has been elected Class of 2014 Co-Valedictorian. 

He credits his success to staying humble, fully dedicating himself to his goals, and seeking help when necessary. A release said that Osborne knew early that he wanted to help others and give back to his community. By the time he reached high school, he realised that pursuing this passion would lead him to practice medicine. His family encouraged him to work hard, but without a college degree or the money to pay for medical school, Osborne’s options were limited.

At a college fair in Antigua, he met Dr Jorge Moreno, dean of American International College of Arts and Sciences – Antigua (AICASA), who advised him to apply to the pre-med programme.  With Dr Moreno’s encouragement, he realised that despite personal adversity, his dream to become a physician was still possible. Osborne was accepted to AICASA and awarded the Antiguan Tuition Grant, which covers the cost of the programme for qualified Antiguan citizens.


He acknowledges that his academic achievements at AUA were made possible because of the foundation AICASA provided and the critical-thinking skills he learned there. “The AICASA faculty was instrumental to my success at AUA,” Osborne said. “Dr Moreno gave me the best advice: study two hours a day per subject and you’ll master the material.”

He admits that it wasn’t easy at AUA. “You need to work hard. You need to be willing to make sacrifices. You need to give back to your community,” he said.  He was most inspired by fellow students who became successful alumni. “When you’re surrounded by people you admire, you’re motivated to follow in their footsteps.” He mentioned one student in particular, an Antiguan, Dr Jasmine Rivera, the class of 2011 valedictorian and an internal medicine resident at the Mayo Clinic.

He also insisted that he would not be a medical school graduate if not for the people who encouraged him along the way, namely his mother and sister, his professors, and his peers.

Osborne went on to say that going to medical school in his home country motivated him to be his best self. “I want to make the Antiguan people proud and use the resources provided by AUA to improve myself and ultimately, my country,” he said. “When you’re in medicine, you’re not a king. You must be a servant to the people,” he said.

He demonstrates this by giving back to his community in any way possible, but Osborne’s commitment to his country is most strongly evidenced by his choice of specialty. While attending clinical rotations in the US, he decided to apply to a residency programme in which he could make the most difference: neurology, a medical specialty that is extremely underrepresented in Antigua.

Osborne matched at Albany Medical Center in upstate New York for a neurology residency, but knows his work does not end there. When he completes his residency, he plans to return to Antigua as a licensed neurologist.

As a small, but powerful piece of advice, Osborne offers: “always practice humility and always be compassionate - a person without compassion won’t learn anything.” Overall, he graciously credits his success to those who encouraged his dream to become a physician. “I am humbled to be selected as co-valedictorian, but AUA has many great students and I’m proud to be among them,” he said.

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: AUA Elects Antiguan as Co-Valedictorian

#3 fed up » 2014-04-08 08:10

blessings to you my dear...

fed up

So Proud

#2 Lisa99 » 2014-04-07 17:39

Thank you for your humility and willingness to return and help Antigua. May God continue to bless you and keep you. May you continue to always walk in humility. And thanks for representing Antigua in a positive light abroad.



#1 Dr. Isaac Newton » 2014-04-07 09:11

Dr. Osborne, Thanks again for demonstrating to impaired thinking politicians and so many local leaders--- whose mindscape prefers external mediocre talent to homegrown intelligence---that indeed, Antiguans and Barbudans are regaled with the highest level of academic skills, personal qualities and capacity to deliver---when encouraged, trusted and given opportunities to shine. I am proud of you!!!! I hope YOUR generation of gifted leaders will be determined to punish politicians for ignoring homegrown talent and reward those who affirm local gifts.

Continue to thrive for excellence in being as well as in your practice. As you inspire others (local, Caribbeaners and global colleagues) to become the best at what they aspire to achieve, remain culturally grounded and spiritually attuned. 1000 cheers to you! Congrats!!!!

Dr. Isaac Newton

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