A Friendship Like No Other – Achieving Greatness Through “The Pact”


There’s a line in a popular Beatles song that sings “I get by with a little help from my friends”. Well, in the lives of Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. George Jenkins, and Dr. Rameck Hunt, the friends did a lot more than just help each other get by. You see, these men grew up as poor inner city kids, ones without much hope of finding great success in life. But they decided that with each other’s help, maybe they could rise above their circumstances and find the success they desired. So the friends made a promise to each other that they called “The Pact”.

The commitment that Sampson, George, and Rameck made to each other in “The Pact” was nothing short of amazing. They promised one another that they would stick together as each pursued his education all the way through medical school, helping each other achieve their dreams of becoming doctors. And you know what? They did it, and now the trio calls themselves the Three Doctors! But truly, they have become much more than just doctors……they have become an incredible inspiration to others!

This video tells the story of the Three Doctors and their tremendous success.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is the movie website for “The Pact”, which has lots of information about the Three Doctors and their wonderful promise to each other.
  • Here is another IMK post about a man who overcame challenges similar to those faced by the Three Doctors to find his own success as a doctor!

Topics for Discussion:

  • How do you think the pact the friends made helped them on their roads to success?
  • Do you have friends who encourage and motivate you?

Take Action:

  • Visit the website for the Three Doctors Foundation, the organization created by Sampson, George, and Rameck, to learn how you can support its worthy efforts.
  • Here is a link to the book “We Beat the Street”, which the men wrote. Read it and learn how you can overcome the challenges in your life just as they did!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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