Tom Murickam
Junior
 

Tom Murickan, a student in High School and an aspiring Physician / Clinician, has been an enthusiast and evangelist among his peers for the heightened awareness of AI in Medicine.
Currently, Tom is a Junior at Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, CA with an aspiration to become a Physician / Clinician with an emphasis on AI. Tom was part of the Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) Summer Internship Program in 2018 and has been inspired to start his own chapter of AI-Med Club at his High School with the intent to make students of all backgrounds aware of the technology, applications and job opportunities available in the future with AI in Medicine. As President of the AI-Med Club, he has scheduled monthly meetings for the club members with leading AI enthusiasts, like Physicians and Technologists as guest speakers to enlighten the members regarding opportunities and issues of advancement of AI in Medicine and Healthcare. The goal of the club is to familiarize the members with the concepts and terms, along with the technologies that will become prominent and how practicing medicine and wellness care will change in the future.
Tom is a 4.0 student with an advanced curriculum in Math and Sciences, a member of the high school swim team and Brea Swim Club, the leading bassoonist in their Nationally recognized Wind Ensemble group, a highly awarded Pianist with Level 10 Honors in the National Guild Piano Auditions and the Founder and President of the Heart of Hope Club at his High School (charitable club for special needs children).
Tom spends a considerable amount of time volunteering at several hospitals and charitable establishments. He believes the proper foundation to a career in medicine starts with service, volunteering your time and efforts. He has been a hospital volunteer at both Cedar Sinai and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) for several years and also an officer of the CORE group that recruits and coordinates volunteer activities at PVHMC. Additionally, he volunteers at the Diamond Bar Public Library to help young kids with reading. He also volunteers at local church and city events through events organized by National Honor Society (NHS) and California Scholarship Foundation (CSF).
Tom is the co-founder, along with his Dad and Mom of ‘Project Help Them Forward’, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, whose mission is to provide direct financial contributions and voluntary services to help special needs children around the world, one organization at a time. As part of this organization’s efforts this year, Tom is actively focused on helping the special needs children of Chavara Special Needs School recover from the devastating effects of the worst rains and floods to hit the region in 100 years, by raising funds for them.
Tom is also the founder of his own tutoring business, “Project Help Them Forward”, which was established to help raise funds for his charity organization of the same name. Tom has reached out to students in schools with lower academic rating (based on GreatSchools.org) to help the students there get ahead in academics. He currently tutors 5 kids in middle school at a Starbucks near them. He advises the parents in advance that all income generated from the tutoring goes to support the charitable cause. He is also actively involved in charitable initiatives, such as Heart of Hope, an organization that helps special needs children in the Diamond Bar / Walnut community to help improve their lives with crafts, music, dance and fundraising activities.