Meharry Medical College Graduate Pursues Service and Legacy in Medicine

Solon Bass is about to embark on the next chapter in his medical career following graduation on Saturday, May 18. He will graduate from Meharry Medical College with a Doctor of Medicine degree and specializing in Internal Medicine.

 

Solon is the first Meharrian to receive the Veteran Affairs (VA) MISSION Act Scholarship which covered tuition and fees costs and provided a stipend.

 

“And then after I go through my fellowship, I just need to work with the VA which is a group that I want to work with. I’m a veteran myself. It’s an underserved community. I really think I can do some good,” he said.

 

The Seattle, Washington native’s path to medicine began 20 years ago by his experiences serving with the US Navy Hospital Corps at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. There he witnessed firsthand young Marines with post-amputations returning from Germany during the War on Terror.

 

“I was seeing a whole bunch of patients continually every single day and we were working like anywhere from 14 to 16-hour days. But it’s rewarding and in a big way because you get to work with a large part of this team. You get to work with American heroes,” he recalled.

 

He says that exposure to the realities of healthcare ignited a passion within himself to make a difference in the lives of others.

 

Solon said he was destined to attend Meharry. His great-great-grandfather was part of the first-ever class at Meharry and would graduate in 1878. His great-grandfather graduated from Meharry in the early 20th century. Solon noted that each man, including himself, pursued a medical degree during pandemics. From Yellow Fever to the Spanish Flu, and Covid-19, each generation had faced its own public health challenge.

 

Solon calls Meharry a place more than just an institution of higher learning; it’s a family tradition. After graduation, Solon will begin his residency in Norwalk, Connecticut where he’ll focus on internal medicine and Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine. He plans to move there this summer with his wife, two children, and one child on the way.