Open Book . . . Bency Louidor-Paulynice

On Wednesdays, the Daily Voice introduces you to a student or resident at UMass Medical School. We’ve asked our subjects to answer a few questions that reveal a little of their personalities. If you know someone who you’d like to see profiled, let us know at

Bency Louidor-Paulynice, MD, PGY1, is a family medicine resident who graduated from UMass Medical School this year. She is originally from Haiti but moved to Brockton when she was 15. 
Louidor-Paulynice, Bency

Why did you choose UMass Medical School?

I became attracted to the medical school upon completion of the UMMS Summer Enrichment Program during my junior year in college. During the short eight weeks I spent there, I became aware of the diversity, the strong support system and the welcoming environment that exists at UMass Medical School. When it came time to apply, I knew this had to be my top choice.

Describe yourself in six words or fewer.

I consider myself to be happy, caring, resilient, a hard worker, open minded, and an organized person.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, name three things you would want.

I would want water, shelter and a source of light.

If you could have dinner with a famous person, living or dead, who would that be and why?

I would be honored to have dinner with Bill Cosby. I grew up watching his show at a young age and he became my role model subsequently. His show depicts family values, success and the importance of education.

What person or experience made you decide to become a doctor and why?

My grandfather. At a young age, I had the misfortune of seeing the pain my grandfather experienced secondary to a massive stroke. He went from a vibrant and independent man to a paralyzed person who depended on others for his most basic needs. I enjoyed spending time with him. Even though he could not say a word,I could see the glimpse of joy in his face. I have relived that experience many times with elderly patients on the inpatient service, and it always puts a smile on my face.

What is the most interesting or challenging job (paid or unpaid) you’ve ever had and what did you learn about yourself?

 I worked as a medical assistant at the student clinic in college. Every weekend, I saw the same students the majority of the time who were seeking urgent care due to lacerations or morning after pill and the occasional suicide attempts. I was often the one counseling the young women seeking the morning after pill to practice safe sex. I pretty soon realized that I enjoyed those encounters and made a difference.

What would your fellow residents be surprised to learn about you?

I love to watch the Discovery Channel.

If residency at UMass Medical School had not been an option, what would you be doing right now?

I would be in the process of re-applying for residency next year and would be working in a research lab in the meantime.

If you could change the world as a physician, what would you like to do?

I would educate underserved families about the importance of healthy living such as healthy eating and exercising. I would help them find the means to accomplish such goals. This would lead to a decrease in childhood obesity in the long run.

Most surprising thing you’ve found out about being a resident?

I was expecting to feel a change on my first day of residency but surprisingly I still felt like a medical student.

Most surprising thing you’ve discovered about Worcester?

The many ethnic restaurants.

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