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Zachary WhiteZachary White
Zachary White, a 2016 Biomedical and Health Sciences graduate now studying at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently the 2018 ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award. The award introduces medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education.

White is one of only two students across the country selected for this year’s award. This summer, he will complete eight weeks of basic sciences research and gain clinical exposure at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Department of Radiation Oncology.

Read more about Zachary White and his research.
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Marcellus A. Edwards IV, a 2016 Biomedical and Health Sciences graduate who has just completed his first year at Howard University College of Medicine was recently awarded a Trustee scholarship based on his academic performance during his first year of medical school. According to Marcellus, “The UAB BHS program allowed me to hone my study skills, and gave me the education that allowed me to excel during my first year”.

Marcellus was a member of the BHS program’s first class in 2015 after earning his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University in Biology.

The Biomedical and Health Sciences program is a joint program between the School of Health Professions and the School of Medicine that provides quality education to prepare a diverse student body for entry into graduate health professions programs including medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physician assistant studies. This program is critically important to provide a pipeline of academically and culturally competent future healthcare providers who are willing to practice in medically underserved areas.

For more information about the BHS program or what alumni are up to, visit us at www.uab.edu/msbhs.
Lauren GibbsLauren Gibbs, BHS Inaugural Class“The program unexpectedly appeared,” said Lauren Gibbs, student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s new Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences (BHS) program. “I earned my bachelor’s degree from UAB and just knew UAB didn’t have a program like this and then it just popped up during my research.”

And that is true to an extent. Although it took more than a year to develop this collaboration between the UAB School of Health Professions and the UAB School of Medicine, the program was approved by ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives) in April, they started accepting students in May and classes began June 1, 2015.

Korina Nance BHSKorina Nance, BHS Inaugural Class"If you know your passion in life and want it badly enough, you can make anything happen with a little hard work, determination, and confidence in knowing the importance of never giving up on following your dreams – no matter what it takes" said Korina Nance, a student in the first cohort of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences (BHS) program.

Nance, who has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UAB, has a unique understanding of obstacles and dreams. The daughter of an immigrant from Thailand, Nance is a first-generation college student who has learned as much from her obstacles as she has from her journey to health professional school.

Gabrielle RiversGabrielle Rivers, BHS Inaugural ClassIn the age of Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook; Blogs, Vlogs and Tumblr; the message about the new Master’s program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham was communicated to Gabrielle Rivers in a method as old as communication itself – word of mouth.

Standing in a hallway at Tuskegee University – a two hour drive from Birmingham – Rivers, who was a month away from graduating, was talking with an Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sister about her future. She decided not to apply to   to Medical School. She had yet to be accepted intoa post baccalaureate program. She wasn’t sure what to do and time was running out.

Zachary White 2Zachary White, BHS Inaugural ClassFor Zachary White, meeting the First Lady was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“She told us never to give up on our dreams,” he says. Last May, Michelle Obama urged Tuskegee University’s Class of 2015 to stay true to their most sincere and authentic selves. And it looks like White—now a student in the new Biomedical and Health Sciences (BHS) program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham—took those words to heart.

“My main goal is to serve underserved populations,” says White, who earned his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Bioethics last spring. “Living in a rural community like Tuskegee has truly opened my eyes to various health disparities and I hope to one day help reduce the problems in these underserved communities.”