Muleshoe graduate eyes future in medicine while studying in GrenadaRhea Gonzales January 3, 2019 0 COMMENTS
BY GAIL M. WILLIAMS
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent
Some of us find our dreams close to home; others follow their dreams to far-off places.
Garrison Myers, a graduate of Muleshoe High School and Texas A&M, has followed his dream of becoming a surgeon to St. George’s University on the Caribbean island of Grenada.
Having completed his first semester at St. George’s, Myers is home on Christmas break.
“I had a difficult time getting accepted to medical school in the states, and instead of reapplying, I decided to pursue my degree at St. George’s,” he said. “It also matches my spirit of adventure.”
As a child, Myers dreamed of being a trainer at Sea World, but changed his mind in the sixth grade, when his mother had surgery for breast cancer. He was so impressed by her surgeon, Dr. Charlie Bayouth, that he began thinking about medicine, specifically surgery, as a career.
Myers was also impressed by Dr. Kyle Sheets, who now serves on the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke.
“Dr. Sheets was my biggest mentor,” Myers said. “I trained with him at the clinic in Muleshoe and traveled with him to impoverished parts of Zimbabwe and Guatemala.”
In Zimbabwe in southern Africa, Myers was exposed to many types of surgical procedures, except for one.
“There was nothing cardiac,” he explained. “Because their diet is different from ours, they don’t have a lot of cardiac disease. But I saw all types of other surgeries including general, orthopedic and pediatric. I was able to scrub in and assist, work in the operating room, and pray with patients before and after surgery.”
Myers describes Guatemala in Central America as “very rural. We’d hike miles up the mountains to treat indigenous people. It was super fulfilling to see that side of medicine. They were grateful for our love, our attention, whether you gave them a vitamin or a Tylenol.
“It was a good place. It made me remember why I wanted to go into medicine, why this was my calling.”
The climate of Grenada is quite different from Muleshoe. Myers describes the island as hot and humid, with no blowing wind and no marked difference from one season to the next.
“It sure is pretty though,” he said.
Myers has had little time to explore the island, because, he explained, “I’ve pretty much been hitting the books.”
While the majority of students at St. George’s are from the United States, they come from all over the globe, including France, Canada, Nigeria and South America.
“We’re all very different,” Myers said. “We have different ideals, beliefs and outlooks on life. I have an opportunity at St. George’s to respect and understand all walks of life, all different religions, backgrounds and countries. I’ve had many conversations that I really enjoy.”
Similarly, other students have an opportunity to learn about a Texas lifestyle from Myers.
“They can usually tell I’m from somewhere in the South by my accent,” he said. “They’re interested in knowing that I grew up riding a horse, that I come from the true country.”
Myers parents, Rhonda and Thurman Myers, own Muleshoe Livestock Auction. Rhonda also owns and operates a venue center, Desert Rose Events.
Myers said he is paying for his education “mostly from loans.” However, he did receive the Humanitarian Scholarship from St. George’s based on an essay he submitted about his time in Zimbabwe and Guatemala.
“I very much appreciate and was honored to receive the scholarship,” he said.
After he becomes a surgeon, Myers hopes that whatever hospital he works at will allow him to continue his humanitarian work.
“I’d like to have time set aside to go to rural impoverished countries and operate on people that really need me,” he said.