PC junior Jada Suber has always dreamed of becoming a doctor. She originally wanted to go into pediatrics, but decided she’d rather become an allergist due to her curiosity over her own severe food allergies.
“I feel as though I would be of more help to those who struggle with the same problems as I,” Jada said. “And I would be able to connect with my future patients on an emotional level.”
After graduating from PC, she plans to attend medical school and is leaning toward the Medical University of South Carolina. Jada, along with fellow PC students Reona Broadwater, Jamel Roberts, and Ambreona Thomas, was recently accepted into a program that may help her first choice become a reality: the MUSC College of Medicine “Student Mentors for Minorities in Medicine Program (SM3).”
The SM3 Program is designed to improve students’ academic standing and impart information about a career in medicine and the process of getting into medical school.
“I believe that this program will help confirm my desire to attend medical school and also provide me with useful information about summer research programs offered, tips on what and how to study for the MCAT, and also possible networking opportunities,” Jada said.
Jada and all SM3 students will be mentored by current medical school students throughout their tenure in the program. They will also attend special programs and seminars on the MUSC campus to enhance their professional development.
Jada, a chemistry major and creative writing minor, believes that PC has prepared her for the challenge of medical school.
“I am a strong believer that being at this small, intimate school has instilled in me a desire to learn and also helped me become more independent in my learning,” she said.
“The one-on-one attention I am allowed with my professors has provided me with mentors who help guide, motivate, and inform me about the different options that I have to build the foundation for my future goals. Because of this, my work ethic and determination have improved and will both play a major role in helping me realize my aspiration to attend medical school.”