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June 02, 2021

Putting on the White Coat: Celebrating an IU School of Medicine Bicentennial Scholar

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Putting on the White Coat: Celebrating an IU School of Medicine Bicentennial Scholar
Michael Alenikov at Indiana University School of Medicine
Image courtesy of IU School of Medicine

Where once walked a scribe, following doctors from room-to-room assisting in emergency care, will one day walk a doctor of his own volition.

Michael Alenikov is on a journey to helping others at the Indiana University School of Medicine. And that journey is being made a bit easier with the assistance of a prestigious scholarship.

Alenikov was quarantining with his wife at her family’s home in California when he received a surprise email congratulating him for earning an Indiana University School of Medicine Bicentennial Scholarship.

He initially believed he didn’t receive the award but had a recruitment scholarship to help with expenses during his tenure on the Bloomington campus.

His choice in school was also helped by the fact that he fell in love with the campus when he moved to Bloomington when his wife started medical school here two years ago.

The correspondence about the Bicentennial Scholarship came mere days after he committed to the university for medical school. The message identified him as one of 11 excellent students chosen for the award, which comes with a four-year-scholarship and “inclusion in a leadership development program involving the school’s top executives and esteemed faculty.”

The future doctor hasn’t chosen a specialty at this time, but Alenikov is leaning toward emergency medicine due to his previous experience in the field.

Most of Alenikov’s exposure to medicine has been in the emergency room, following doctors as a scribe.

“Michael was always a solid performer, on time, learned very quickly, and was a great resource to all the ED doctors in the region,” said IU Health Bloomington Hospital Emergency Medicine provider Robert Adams, MD.

“I saw a lot of these people coming to the doctor looking for either treatment or help or just to be pointed in the right direction of how to treat whatever is going on, and I enjoyed being a part of that,” said Alenikov. “I wanted to be the one that could be there and actually be providing that help to the patient.”

Whatever field he chooses will undoubtedly be enriched when he becomes Michael Alenikov, MD.

IU Health Bloomington is excited to see this future doctor inside the walls of our new facility to learn alongside our highly-skilled physicians and healthcare providers.

Learn more on the IU School of Medicine website.