Stephon Simpson is going to medical school.
The 2012 Gentry High School graduate and 2018 Mississippi Valley State University grad told The E-T back in January 2019 – when he took a position teaching biology in Ruleville - that he has wanted to become a doctor since he was 3 years old.
He is one step closer to that dream after being accepted into Saint James School of Medicine.
Simpson will move to the Caribbean island of Anguilla for 16 months, and he will return to finish out medical school at the University of Chicago before going into his residency.
“I’m going to school where a lot of people go on honeymoons and vacations,” Simpson said.
Simpson said that he would have applied to multiple medical schools, but when he submitted his application and was accepted to Saint James, he knew that was where he wanted to be.
“I only applied to one medical school, and luckily, I got in,” he said. “When I saw that ‘yes’ I went for it. That’s all I needed.”
Simpson said that a friend of his from Lexington, Miss. is currently studying in Anguilla, and one of his mentors, who is a doctor in Pennsylvania, is from the island as well.
Simpson said that when he was a young child in Indianola, he began scribbling notes as if he were a doctor, writing prescriptions or making notes.
His fascination with medicine continued through high school and college, where he majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry.
In January of last year, he began a year-and-a-half teaching career while he studied for his Medical College Admissions Test.
He finished out the 2018-19 school year at Thomas E. Edwards before moving to a district in the Memphis area.
He taught human anatomy this past year.
“When I moved to Memphis, I taught anatomy, and I said, ‘This is it.” It was one of my favorite subjects to teach, because it was reminding me about the human body. I could teach that extremely well,” Simpson said.
This past year made him realize that medicine is still his passion, and he would spend day-after-day researching medical schools and practicing writing “Dr. Simpson.”
“When I was teaching, after class I would stay behind, and I would get on the internet and look at medical schools,” Simpson said. “In spite of how my day had gone, I would spend 20 minutes after class on the computer.”
After all of the hard work and patience over the past year-plus, Simpson will soon be on his way to medical school. He said he hopes to one-day practice medicine in a big city like Houston, Texas.
Simpson is the son of Willie Simpson and Stephanie McDaniel, both of Indianola