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August 2017 - School of Health Professions
National Alumni Society Member

DuBoisName: Michael Thomas DuBois

Degree(s) and Graduation Year: Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2014)

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

Grew up: Daphne, Alabama

Current town: Peridot, Arizona

Current employer and job: San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation-Physical Therapist

I am currently in the process to become a Commissioned Officer with the Commissioned Corps in the U.S. Public Health Service-same job location and duties, but as federal government employee.

What is your favorite UAB memory? November 18, 2014. A group of friends ate lunch at Jim 'n Nick's Bar-B-Q in Five Points before our graduation ceremony. This was a poetic close my UAB academic career because on February 25, 2011, I ate lunch with a group of guys I interviewed with. We ate at the same location and ate in the same area of the restaurant (maybe even the same table?).

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB helped me make lifelong relationships and connections while providing me with academic and professional opportunities that led me on my current path to success.

What lessons has your professional life taught you? The answer to everything is “it depends.” It’s not what you do, rather how you do it. Get everything in writing. Follow your heart. Listen. Failures are the greatest opportunities and lessons. Quality over quantity. Didn’t document, then it didn’t happen. Take time off and take care of yourself and your health to do your best work. Volunteer and serve others. Money, possessions, and status mean anything without the love and community of family and friends. Don’t take life too seriously. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with work. Some people only care about money. Got to have perspective. Step back and look at things objectively and logically. Just breathe. There can always be more work to be done, thus accept what can be done in each day. Arrive early, prepare, and have a great attitude. Be open to learning. Confidence is key. Strive for the best. Read the laws, acts, and rules/regulations because ignorance is no excuse for the law.

If you were given the opportunity to spend 48 hours with absolutely anyone (living or dead), who would you spend it with and what would you do? There are so many famous people I would love to learn about and meet. That being said, I would pick my Grandma Brenda DuBois. She recently passed away from cancer at the young age of 67. She was an amazing family member, friend, professor, author, speaker, and giver to the community. She was known internationally, but I just knew her as Grandma. She is the reason I am the man I am today, from my career as a physical therapist to my understanding of love, compassion, sincerity, humility, relationships, empathy, social justice, and ethics. We would go to the Galapagos Islands with friends and family and hangout, dance, eat, relax, and just talk and enjoy each other’s company.

What song (if any) are you listening to? "Can’t Be Touched" by Roy Jones, Jr.

If you could have a new talent, what would you want? I would be fluent in all languages with an eidetic memory.

Describe your favorite pair of shoes you own now: Nike SB Stejan Janoski Wolf Grey-we’ve traveled all over the world together

I really wish __________ hadn’t been invented. It (the movie)

Describe your day in a six word sentence: Eat, train, work/study, play, eat, sleep

What do you love most about what you get to do every day? I help people eliminate their pain, improve their function and movement patterns, and change their mindset of exercise, age, and the human body while providing fun facts and nuggets of information. I lived with constant chronic pain so I can relate.

I get to be healthy enough to do what I want. In the medical field, you see so many potential negative aspects health and life.

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? My running shoes-I’m wearing them

Student Alumni Society Member

JanName: Muhammad Q. Jan

Graduation Year: 2018

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Hometown: Ali Purr, Pakistan

Why did you choose to attend UAB? I wanted to attend UAB medical school.

Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far (and why)? All of my professors have been amazing and this is a really hard question! However, Dr. Dugger is my all-time favorite. Because of her, I have a teaching style that I can copy and my students love it. She is funny, charismatic, incredibly knowledgable, and always there for her students.

What is your favorite UAB memory? The first time I made a 4.0! It was the semester I was taking my hardest classes, and I haven’t stopped making them since.

How has UAB impacted your life? UAB has changed me completely from the person I came in as. It has made me a better person, made me stronger in my resolve to help impact the world, and given me life long memories I will never forget. It has also made me a smarter, hardworking student who impacts the community around him in a positive light. Most importantly, it has given me people in my life that I can always count on, lifelong friends.

If you were on a plane beside your favorite celebrity, what would you do? If Rihanna was sitting next to me on a plane, I would stare at her with my eyes wide open, jaw dropped, freezing and not saying a word.

What is one of your favorite song lyrics (and who is it by?): "Fallin’" by Alicia Keys

The store I frequent the most is: McDonald’s.

Describe your day in a six word sentence: Class, free stuff, RA duties, sleep.

What word do you overuse most? Dude

The best kind of cake is: Pineapple ice cream cake.

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? My couch.

Who are the people who make your life better? My family, friends and professors.

What is the best advice you ever received? Be a good person, and people will come to you. Always be your best.