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             The Association of Minority Health
       Professions Schools, Inc. (AMHPS), is pleased
            to welcome our Students, Facilitators,
                Faculty and Exhibitors to the
     23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities
       in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions
               Hosted by Howard University,
                    College of Medicine
                    College of Dentistry
                    College of Pharmacy,
              Nursing & Allied Health Sciences

                           Thank You for joining US!

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions
   Table of Contents
   •   Welcome Letters………………………………………………………….……………. 2

   •   AMHPS Mission & History ……………………………………………………………8

   •   AMHPS Member Institutions ……………………………………………………….....9

   •   Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science ..……………………………...…….10

   •   Florida A & M University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences .…..……11

   •   Hampton University, School of Pharmacy………………………………………...……12

   •   Howard University, College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy,
       Nursing and Allied Health Sciences…………………………………………....……….13

   •   Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine & School of Dentistry……………...…..14

   •   Morehouse School of Medicine ......…………………….……………………...…...…15

   •   Texas Southern University, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences……...….…..…….16

   •   Tuskegee University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health….…..17

   •   Xavier University of Louisiana, College of Pharmacy ..…….…………...………………18

   •   Scholarship Information .…………………………………………...…………………..19

   •   Spotlight Symposium Alumni Profiles ………………………………………………….21

   •   AMHPS Officers & Board of Directors ………………………………………………...33

   •   Student Advisory Council ..…………………………………………………………….34

   •   Research Advisory Council /AMHPS Staff……………………………………………...35

   •   Keynote Speakers ...…………………………………………………………………….36

   •   Schedule of Events………………………………………………………………………42

   •   Exhibitor Listings …………………………………………………...………………….51

   •   Sponsors & Special Recognition ………………………………………………………..54

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                                                LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY
                                             OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

                                                          April 1, 2009

 To All in Attendance
 Association of Minority Health Professions Schools
 2009 Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical & Health Professions

 Dear Friends:

          On behalf of our community, I am pleased to welcome the Association of Minority Health Professions to the 16th
 largest city in America. Louisville is a place where North meets South and East meets West, so we pride ourselves on having
 something for everyone.

       We think the opportunities for enjoyment you’ll find in Louisville are unequaled anywhere in the nation. From our
 downtown’s newest entertainment destination, 4th Street Live!, and the Muhammad Ali Center, to the Louisville Slugger
 Museum and the world-renowned Churchill Downs, your participants have many ways to enjoy Louisville.

          Our community also has a deep appreciation for its rich history as well as that of our region. Your participants can
 experience our modern culture and interests in our award-winning Waterfront Park, the glass gallery at Glassworks, the Frazier
 International History Museum, or any of the wonderful performances put on by our local ballet, orchestra, opera and stage

          Louisville also is home to a wide variety of dining and shopping experiences in and around downtown. As always,
 you’ll feel the friendliness and hospitality of our people.

         Whatever you do, I hope you will enjoy our great city and make plans to come back and visit again soon.

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 To All in Attendance:
 It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools’ 23rd Annual Symposium on
 Career Opportunities in Biomedical & Health professions in Louisville, Kentucky.

 Addressing minority health issues is one of our country’s most pressing medical problems and it is compounded by the lack
 of well-trained minority health professionals in the United States.

 The Sullivan Commission, a 2004 report published by former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
 Services Louis W. Sullivan, found that the primary cause of poor health care for minorities “resulted from unequal
 representation of minorities in the health care professions.”

 With diseases like cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and diabetes prevalent in the African American, Hispanic American,
 and American Indian communities, it is an unacceptable truth that these members of society tend to receive less and lower
 quality care than whites, resulting in higher mortality rates.

 And while African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans make up more than 25 percent of the U.S. population, they
 account for only nine percent of nurses, six percent of physicians, and five percent of dentists according to the Sullivan
 Commission report.

 In a country where the most advanced medical breakthroughs occur every day, these statistics are unacceptable. That is
 why the Association of Minority Health Professions is so important.

 Through scholarships, mentoring, networking, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence, this organization is working to
 close the gap on minority health care inequities. Because of your hard work, commitment and dedication to our
 underserved minority population, we will one day be able to boast about having the best health care system for all

 Thank you for choosing Louisville as the site of your 23rd Annual Symposium and I hope you have a successful and
 informative conference.


 Rep. Darryl Owens

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                                  CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
                                      DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
Steven L. Beshear                                                                                                Janie Miller
Governor                                                                                                           Secretary

April 1, 2009

It is my pleasure to welcome the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc (AMHPS) to the Commonwealth of
Kentucky. I trust you will experience the unbridled spirit of our hospitality during your visit to Louisville April 1-4, 2009.

Kentucky’s topography ranges from the Appalachian Mountains in the east to the flat farm lands of the Mississippi Delta to
the west. We are bordered on the north by the Ohio River and to the south by Tennessee. Within these borders reside a
great people. While we have relative prosperity in the major urban areas in the “Golden Triangle” (Louisville, Lexington,
and Northern Kentucky), there remains significant pockets of poverty and areas with limited access to healthcare and social
support structures. Furthermore, many of our rural counties are among the poorest in the nation. We have to address
these issues effectively in order for our Commonwealth to make the progress we desire over the next decade.

Last fall, the Department for Public Health established an Office of Health Equity to help better respond to the challenges
confronting us. We are hoping to improve the economic, social, and environmental forefront of health for all and are certain
Kentucky will benefit from hosting your meeting. We have many efforts underway to help address health equity issues, but I
am sure we will gather new ideas from your meeting in Louisville.

Hosting the AMHPS Conference supports our efforts to enhance diversity in health, to influence cutting edge research and
to educate bright students in careers within the health professions. Kentucky boasts two superior academic health centers
in the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, each training students to become physicians, allied health
professionals, dentists, pharmacists, as well as public health professionals. Eastern Kentucky University and Western
Kentucky University also have schools of Public Health in addition to nursing and allied health programs. We know
progress depends on the availability of well-educated health professionals and we are proud of the strong infrastructure we
have in place.

Through these difficult economic times, creativeness, togetherness, and ingenuity will help us address the adverse
conditions which negatively affect the well-being of our citizens. It is our hope that together AMHPS and Kentucky can win
the race for health.

Again, welcome to Kentucky and good health!


William D. Hacker, MD, FAAP, CPE

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April 2, 2009


The Howard University community extends a warm welcome and greetings to each of you on the occasion of the 23rd Annual
Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions. The University is proud to host
this important event and to take part in igniting your imagination.

This conference, like so many activities on our campus, aims to fuel your ambition and to give substance to your dreams of a
future career of distinction. The persons gathered on this occasion are here to help you discover the varied and stimulating
opportunities that await you in this unique field of endeavor. It is my sincere hope that the information and insight that you
obtain here will prove to be an invaluable springboard to your successful career.

Howard University is proud of its distinguished heritage, consisting of more than one hundred forty-one years of inspiring
greatness in others. The University continues to carve out new avenues for achievement by equipping students with the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for success in the 21st century. The ranks of Howard University alumni are replete with
examples of individuals who dare to dream, who lead not follow, who achieve the unthinkable, who promote positive change,
and who serve their communities and each other. I invite you to follow in their footsteps by becoming a Leader for America and
the Global Community.

Welcome and please enjoy the conference.


2400 6th Street NW, Suite 402                                                                             Telephone 202 806 2500
Washington, DC 20059                                                                                      Facsimile 202 806 5934

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April 1, 2009

On behalf of the Academic Health Sciences Family we extend you a warm welcome to the 23rd Annual Symposium on
Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences sponsored by the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.
(AMHPS). The need to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences in order to
address the myriad of challenges that we face has never been greater. To address this need, the Howard academic health
sciences community actively participates in “pipeline” programs for underrepresented groups.

We invite you to take advantage of all the opportunities that will be presented to you over the next three days.

At this symposium, you will be introduced to some of Americas’ leading biomedical scientists, dentists, pharmacists,
physicians, and health profession educators. It is our strong desire that they will stimulate your career interest in the health
professions and biomedical research.

We encourage you to take full advantage of this unique opportunity to satisfy your curiosity concerning the health

Please attend and actively participate in all workshops. In addition, the exhibits will allow you to meet representatives of
universities and corporations that have a vested interest in your success and that can provide you with many exciting career

Finally, view and access the poster presentations to learn about the research that our colleagues are conducting around the

Please enjoy yourselves and take advantage of the many opportunities to explore your future. Thank you for sharing your
time with us and we trust that you will benefit greatly from the experience.


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                        Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc. (AMHPS)
                                        1190 West Druid Hills Drive N.E.
                                                    Suite T-50
                                                Atlanta, GA 30329
                                              678-904-4494 - Phone
                                               678-904-4518 – Fax
April 1, 2009

Welcome to the 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences sponsored by the
Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc. (AMHPS). I invite your attention to the host of
opportunities you will encounter here. Your exposure to multiple career options will dazzle you; the camaraderie
will charm you; and the health sciences, we hope, will ultimately embrace you.

At this Symposium, you will benefit from the mentoring of some of America’s leading physicians, pharmacists,
veterinarians, dentists, biomedical scientists, and health science educators. Every one of them is on a mission
to stir your interest in the health professions and biomedical research. How you respond to their advocacy and
educational messages, here and in the future, will ultimately determine whether or not the prognosis is good for
this 2009 Symposium, whose theme is: “Eliminating Health Disparities Through Enhanced Career
Opportunities.” Enjoy the exhibits. Question the vendors about their wares. Attend and participate in the
workshops. View and assess the poster presentations. Now is the time to satisfy your curiosity about the health
professions to the fullest; to be certain that this noble enterprise is the right fit for you to be sure that your
commitment to research and healing is as vital and compelling as is our interest in you.

There is no feeling quite like the satisfaction to be gained from offering hope and healing to populations
historically in need of health equity.

It is at this Symposium that you can gain an early feel for the challenges and the rewards you can reasonably
expect from doing so.

Enjoy yourself, and be sure to take very seriously the extraordinary opportunities around you to learn, to network
and, finally, to decide on your future.

Wayne T. Harris, Ph.D.
Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.
Professor and Dean, College of Pharmacy
Xavier University of Louisiana
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Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.
  AMHPS Mission:

  •   To improve the health status of all Americans, especially African-Americans and other minorities.

  •   To improve the representation of African-Americans and other minorities in the health professions.

  •   To strengthen AMHPS institutions and programs and other programs throughout the nation, which in
      turn, will improve the role of minorities in the provision of health care.

AMHPS History:
   The Association of Minority Health Professions                   The AMHPS’ member institutions train 50 percent
Schools, Inc. (AMHPS) is comprised of twelve (12) HBCU          of the nation’s Black physicians, 50 percent of the
medical and health professions schools. The members are         nation’s Black dentists, 50 percent of the nation’s
two schools of dentistry (Howard University & Meharry           Black pharmacists, and 80 percent of the nation’s
Medical College), four schools of medicine (Charles Drew        Black veterinarians. In recent years, these institutions
University, Howard University, Meharry Medical College,         have also contributed a larger percentage of African-
& Morehouse School of Medicine); five schools of                Americans with doctorates in the biomedical sciences
pharmacy (Florida A&M University, Hampton University,           and related disciplines. Without these schools, the
Howard University, Texas Southern University, & Xavier          number of Black professionals in the United States
University of Louisiana); and one school of veterinary          would be even more under-represented as practitioners
medicine, (Tuskegee University).                                and in other leadership positions than at present.

   Established in 1976 by Dr. Louis Sullivan, President             The Alumni of the AMHPS’ institutions, located
Emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine (and former            primarily in underserved rural & urban communities,
secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human            as health care providers, also make up the largest
Services), Dr. Walter Bowie, Dean Emeritus of the School        percentage of African-Americans in health sciences
of Veterinary Medicine of Tuskegee, Mr. Anthony Rachal,         academia. Several programs to strengthen the
then Executive Vice President of Xavier University of           applicant pool and graduation of minority health
Louisiana, College of Pharmacy, and others concerned with       sciences students have been pioneered by the AMHPS
the health and educational needs of minorities.                 institutions.
  AMHPS was formed to provide a means by which the
need for a national minority health agenda could be ad-

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                Our Esteemed AMHPS Member Institutions

                     Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

                                   Florida A&M University
                         College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

                                     Hampton University
                                       School of Pharmacy

                                      Howard University
                                      College of Medicine
                                      College of Dentistry
                      College of Pharmacy, Nursing & Allied Health Sciences

                                  Meharry Medical College
                                       School of Medicine
                                       School of Dentistry

                               Morehouse School of Medicine

                                  Texas Southern University
                             College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

                                     Tuskegee University
                    College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health

                                Xavier University of Louisiana
                                      College of Pharmacy

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 9
 Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

    Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, a           Planning Area
 private non-profit institution, is comprised of a College of    includes a popula-
 Medicine and a College of Allied Health. Also included          tion of more than 1.5
 on the campus are a Head Start program and a variety of         million people. In addition
 educational, research and community based programs, a           to impatient activity, the cluster includes ambulatory
 medical magnet high school and a grade K-8 math,                service to seven county run outpatient medical
 science, and technology magnet school. The guiding              facilities. The catchment’s area is rich and unique in
 philosophy of the University is that of scientific education    its racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic
 and service to the individual, the community and society.       diversity which is found only in a few places in the
    Located in the Watts/Willowbrook community of
 South Los Angeles, Drew University pursues a mission                Since 1978, Drew University’s College of
 that embraces the needs and problems of society’s most          Medicine has collaborated with the University of
 disadvantaged and neglected communities. It is a global         California to provide undergraduate medical
 perspective that emphasizes an ecological approach to the       education leading to the M.D. degree through the
 common plight of the disadvantaged of Los Angeles and           Drew/UCLA Affiliation Agreement contracted with
 the developing world.                                           the Regents of the University of California. The
                                                                 program is designed to attract students who not only
    One of the only four historically Black medical schools      have an interest in addressing the concerns of the
 in the nation, Drew’s mission blends proven academic            underserve d population, but who are prepared to do
 models in addressing the medical and public health needs        so with excellence and compassion. The program’s
 of the medically underserved. Drew is unique for its            faculties represent a wide range of cultural
 cradle-to-grave make-up, efforts at tailoring community         backgrounds. The University’s office of Graduate
 health services to the needs of specific populations, as well   Medical Education offers 18 residency training
 as a zealous sensitivity to maintenance of culturally driven,   programs to participants from around the globe.
 community oriented programs geared to the expressed
 needs of the people it serves.                                      The University has an outstanding cadre of re-
                                                                 search scientists engaged in biomedical, clinical, and
     Through a public-private partnership, Drew University       bio-behavioral scientific investigations. Additionally,
 is affiliated with a 461 bed general acute care facility        there is a core of future researchers among the junior
 known as Los Angeles County Martin Luther King, Jr./            faculty, postgraduate trainees and our medical and
                                Charles Drew Medical             allied health students. The University’s research
                                Center. The King/Drew            agenda extends to extramural collaborative research
                                Medical Center Service           partnerships with both public and private research
                                                                 organizations and educational institutions.

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 Florida A&M University 
 College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

   he School of Pharmacy was organized in 1951 as part of
                                                                literate clinically
 the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College (FAMC),        trained, administratively
 which is now Florida A&M University (FAMU). The                prepared and caring health
 thrust for pharmaceutical education at FAMC came from          professional. Pharmacy
 community health care leaders and health professionals on      practitioners of the 21st century will participate in
 campus who saw the need for pharmaceutical services            drug delivery to patients, coordinate therapeutic
 across the country.                                            outcomes and monitor patient care. Students who
                                                                conscientiously apply themselves and successfully
                                                                complete the pharmacy program will be technically
     The designation of college of Pharmacy and
                                                                trained, educated, and well-prepared to make
 Pharmaceutical Sciences was made in 1985 in recognition
                                                                significant contributions to the health care area in
 of the expanded role and mission of the college in
                                                                which they work. The College of Pharmacy and
 professional and graduate education. The evolution of the
                                                                Pharmaceutical Sciences strives to educate and train
 college has witnessed the initiation of pharmacy education
                                                                pharmacists to use their scientific knowledge,
 with just one student in the beginning to now being one
                                                                problem solving and critical thinking skills to
 of the largest colleges of pharmacy in the country.
                                                                determine the best solution to the health care
                                                                problems of today and the future.
     The college has expanded its operations from the main
 campus located in the capital city of Tallahassee, Florida.
 Extension campuses are located in Miami, Tampa, and                The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) is granted
 Jacksonville, Florida. These campuses, all affiliated with a   upon successful completion of the professional
 major teaching medical center, create outstanding clinical     curriculum and compliance with the requirements of
 training opportunities for the student, provide unlimited      the College and University for graduation.
 opportunities for research and support the infrastructure
 for the college’s statewide commitment to pharmacy                 Graduate programs of study are offered leading to
 education and public service.                                  the Master of Science (MS) in pharmaceutical
                                                                sciences with concentrations in pharmacology/
     The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences        toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics,
 is a professional college with limited enrollment and          pharmacoepidemiology, and pharmacoeconomics.
 selective admissions. The mission of the college is to         The Master of Public Health (MPH) and the Doctor
 produce highly qualified pharmacy practitioners who take       of Public Health (DPH) are offered through the
                                     an active role and         institute of Public Health. The Doctor of
                                     responsibility in the      Philosophy (Ph.D) in pharmaceutical sciences is
                                     delivery and outcomes of   offered with concentrations in pharmacology/
                                     pharmaceutical care.       toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics or
                                                                environmental toxicology.
                                      The dynamic changes
                                   that are occurring in the        The college dedicated (February 2004) its new
                                   health systems of Amer-      state of the art pharmacy building, as it prepares to
                                   ica demand a technologi-     train its next cadre of leaders.

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 Hampton University 
 School of Pharmacy

 Hampton University, founded in 1868, is located on 204            The cornerstone of
 acres of southeastern Virginia’s Peninsula. Hampton            Hampton University is
 University is nestled along the banks of the Hampton           its faculty; former mayors,
 River in Hampton, Virginia. Surrounded on three sides          practicing attorneys, acclaimed
 by water, the University is situated on one of the most        playwrights, renowned scientists – a distinguished
 beautiful waterfront sights in the nation, centrally located   group of scholars and researchers characterized by
 between the coastline of Virginia Beach and the historic       excellence and dedication both in the classroom and
 sights of Williamsburg.                                        in their scholarly pursuits within their respective
    Hampton University is a privately endowed,
                                                                    Hampton University began training health care
 co-educational, nonsectarian institution of higher
                                                                professionals in 1891 when civics teacher, Alice
 education that seeks to motivate and prepare students to
                                                                Bacon, started the Hampton Training School of
 achieve at the highest academic levels; to develop and
 demonstrate a sense of character within themselves and in
 their relationships with others; and to embrace those
 personal values which make them responsive to the social,          Today, Hampton’s School of Pharmacy has
 economic, and moral problems affecting our society.            developed the most contemporary pharmacy
                                                                program at a historically Black college or university.
   The university has an enrollment of approximately            The innovative entry-level professional program
 5,700 students drawn from 49 states and 35 territories and     leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
 nations. The faculty numbers approximately 400.                degree includes two years of pre-professional
 Hampton University is composed of six schools: the             pharmacy education and four years of professional
 school of Business, Engineering and Technology, Liberal        education. The curriculum also encompasses general
 Arts and Education, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Science; a          education requirements, including math and science
 Graduate College and a College of Education &                  courses and provides for growing sectors of medicine
 Continuing Studies. The University offers 52 bachelor's        such as long-term care, home health, and hospice
 degree programs, 21 master's degree programs, and the          care.
 doctoral or professional degree in nursing (Ph.D.), physics
 (Ph.D.), physical therapy (DPT), and pharmacy

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  Howard University 
  College of Medicine, College of Dentistry,
  College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences

  Howard University, conceived by members of the First Con-        Dentistry, and a General
  gressional Society at a meeting in the District of Columbia in   Dentistry Residency
  1866, was founded by an Act of Congress on March 2, 1867.        Program in the Howard
  The University’s 12 schools and colleges embody a tradition      University Hospital.
  of academic excellence; offering degree programs in more         The newly renovated
  than 122 specialized subjects with doctorates offered in more    41 state-of-the-art workstations allow our students to
  than 26 areas. The schools and colleges are: the Colleges of     utilize these computers to access Headstart, a national
  Arts and Sciences, Dentistry, Engineering, Architecture and      dental board review program; PAMS, the College’s Pa-
  Computer Sciences; Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Al-           tient Automated Management System; the Internet; and
  lied Health Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Commu-        their E-mail accounts. The Multimedia Center also
  nications, Divinity, Education, Law, Social Work, and the        includes Robotel, a computer-assisted training and pres-
  Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.                            entation system. HUCD is “…dedicated to teaching,
                                                                   research and service.”

  College of Medicine (HUCM)                                       College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied
        The Howard University College of
  Medicine (HUCM) is the 36th oldest of the                        Health Sciences (CPNAHS) School of
  132 medical schools in this country. It is the                   Pharmacy
   oldest and largest historically Black medical                       Pharmacy instruction at Howard University began in
  school in the United States. HUCM has                            the “Department of Medicine in 1868. The initial
  been in continuous operation since                               course held in the evening, offered students “knowledge
  November 1868 and educates more Black physicians than all        of the art and science of pharmacy.” The first student
  other US medical colleges.                                       was graduated in 1870. With advances in medicine and
      HUCM is by tradition, predominately Black with Black         the health sciences, the College of Pharmacy was
  students annually composing over 70 percent of the student       established as an independent unit. On August 1,
  body. Its annual student body represents most states and         1997, the College of Pharmacy was merged into a new
  over 20 foreign countries, as well as over 125 undergraduate     College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health
  institutions. Medical students receive the majority of their     Sciences, Division of Pharmacy and subsequently
  clinical training at Howard University Hospital which has 17     renamed the School of Pharmacy.
  accredited residency and fellowship programs. The College of         The School of Pharmacy currently offers an entry-
  Medicine offers the M.D., MD/Ph.D. and MD/MBA                    level four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) pro-
  degrees.                                                         gram, a two-year Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Program and a
      The founders of the College recognized that “…the            Non-Traditional program. All programs are accredited
  [health] needs of Blacks throughout the country would be         by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  best met by training students to become highly competent,        (Chicago, Illinois) and pro-
  compassionate physicians who would deliver care in the           vide students with the pro-
  communities having a shortage of health personnel.”              fessional knowledge and
                                                                   skills necessary to practice
  College of Dentistry (HUCD)                                      pharmaceutical care in com-
      Howard’s College of Dentistry                                munity, industry, research,
  (HUCD) was founded in 1881. It is the                            hospital and institutional
  fifth oldest dental school in the United                         settings.
  States. Since its inception, women have                              Consistent with the
  been admitted on an equal basis as men,                          mission of Howard University, the School of Pharmacy
  which is a unique feature among U.S.                             is to provide pharmaceutical education of excellent
  institutions. The College has fully accredited programs in       quality to students with high academic, scholarship and
  dentistry, dental hygiene, and postgraduate programs in          leadership potential with particular emphasis upon the
  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric          recruitment, retention and graduation of promising
  Dentistry, an Advanced Education Program in General              African Americans and other minority students.

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 Meharry Medical College 
 School of Medicine
 and School of Dentistry

 Meharry Medical College, an academically strong profes-        eight week summer
 sional and graduate training institution committed to          research program for
 teaching, research and service, is the largest, private,       high school and college
 historically Black academic health center in the nation. Its   students interested in
 programs administered by the Schools of Medicine,              biomedical research careers. Health careers aware-
 Dentistry, and Graduate Studies and Research, and the          ness and orientation programs for Nashville area stu-
 Allied Health Professions programs hold full accreditation     dents in grades K-12 are also coordinated through
 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools          the school.
 (SACS) as well as other discipline-related accrediting             The program in Allied Health Professions,
 bodies. Degrees offered through these schools include the:     jointly operated by Meharry Medical College and
 M.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., and M.S. P.H.                 Tennessee State University, provides certification
 Meharry graduates are famous nationwide for their              programs at the baccalaureate level in dental hygiene,
 commitment to serving minority, poor, and underserved          respiratory therapy, physical therapy, and speech
 communities.                                                   pathology, audiology, and medical technology.
     The School of Medicine at Meharry offers training to       Much of the biomedical coursework for these
 students who wish to become physicians. Most students          concentrations are conducted by Meharry Medical
 pursue the regular medical curriculum that leads to the        College. Numerous post-graduate training
 M.D. degree. An M.D./Ph.D. degree program is offered           opportunities and postdoctoral fellowships are also
 for students who are interested in careers in academic         available in medicine, dentistry and biomedical
 medicine and research. The School of Medicine also offers      research. Since its founding in 1876, Meharry
 a summer pre-baccalaureate program for undergraduates          Medical College has been a leading producer of
 interested in pursuing medical, dental and healthcare          African-American physicians, dentists, and
 administration careers.                                        biomedical research scientists. Its achievements as
     The American Dental Association recently reported          one of the nation’s leading educators of African
 that one-third of Meharry’s dentistry graduates practice in    American health professionals through its
 underserved rural and inner-city communities. Since its        constituent schools are well recognized. In fact, it
 beginning, the School of Dentistry has provided training       has graduated more than one-fifth of all
 in comprehensive patient care, examination, diagnosis, and     African-American physicians and dentists currently
 treatment for minorities and underserved populations. It       practicing in America. Moreover, Meharry has
 offers training leading to the D.D.S. degree. Dental           awarded more than10 percent of all biomedical
 students have the opportunity to gain experience in            sciences Ph.D.s received by African-Americans.
 nutrition, gerontology and a hospital outpatient-based             Meharry Medical College’s total enrollment is
 program that serves patients with handicaps. In addition,      723 with African Americans and other
 the School of Dentistry offers an eight-week summer            underrepresented minorities comprising 85% of the
 pre-dental program for undergraduate students. The             total. The training faculty consists of 227, 85% of
 School of Graduate Studies and Research doctoral               which hold full-time appointments in the Schools of
 program leads to the interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree with       Medicine, Dentistry, Graduate Studies and Research
 major emphases in Biochemistry, Microbiology,                  and Allied Health.
 Pharmacology and Physiology.                                       Faculty members who teach and conduct research
 A Master of Science in Public Health degree (M.S. P.H.)        in the School of graduate Studies and Research,
 is offered to students preparing for a career in public        individually or collaboratively, engage in research
 health. Also, the graduate school routinely offers an          that involves regulation of gene expression, some
                                                                cancer biology, neurobiology, microbial pathogens
                                                                including HIV-AIDS and reproduction

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 14
 Morehouse School of Medicine  

 Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is a private                   seven residency
 historically black, relatively young institution with a           programs in: Family
 distinctive and largely public mission. Established in 1975 to    Medicine, Public
 recruit and train minority physicians committed to the            Health and
 primary health-care needs of the underserved, the School’s        Preventive Medicine,
 academic stature and reputation have grown exponentially          Internal Medicine,
 over the past three decades. Today, MSM commands                  Obstetrics and
 national attention for its uniquely nurturing campus              Gynecology, Psychia-
 environment and outstanding training programs in medicine,        try, Surgery, and Pediatrics are fully accredited by the
 biomedical research and public health.                            Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educa-
                                                                   tion. Additionally, MSM is accredited by the Com-
     MSM is widely recognized as a vital irreplaceable             mission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
 resource, supporting the national resolve to create a healthier   Colleges and Schools to award the M.D., the Ph.D. in
 America. The content and context of our training programs,        biomedical science, the Master of Public Health
 and health services reflect our commitment to enhancing the       (M.P.H.), the Master of Science in clinical research
 diversity of the health professions workforce and improving       (M.S.C.R.); the Master in biomedical research; and the
 the health and well-being of vulnerable communities. MSM          Master of biomedical technology degree.
 is a leader among academic medical centers in the quest to
 eliminate racial and ethnic-based health disparities through          Our students and residents train at Grady Health
 the conduct of discovery science and translation of new           System, one of the largest public health systems in the
 knowledge into community solutions. We are widely                 United States, with its 953 - bed hospital, nine
 recognized as highly respected advocates for the delivery of      neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health &
 culturally appropriate health care. Moreover, we have earned      Rehabilitation facility, and Hughes Spalding
 national distinction for our strong emphasis on primary care      Children’s Hospital associated with Children’s Health-
 and the establishment of innovative partnerships and model        care of Atlanta, serves more than 900,000 indigent
 community empowered, science-based health promotion and           patients per year. It is an internationally recognized
 disease prevention programs.                                      teaching hospital staffed exclusively by doctors from
                                                                   Morehouse and Emory University schools of medicine.
     Knowledge…Wisdom…Excellence…Service… These are                With its nationally acclaimed Emergency Care Center
 the values articulated at the founding of our school, and they    and Burn Unit and the state’s only Poison Center is a
 continue to guide and inform our work. But more                   vital component of the State’s health care system and
 importantly, these words are found in the hearts of our           rich resources for medical education and training.
 faculty and staff – as they work with students and patients,
 they are in the minds of our scientists as they work in the           In addition to Grady, our other major participating
 research labs, and they are in the actions of every member of     clinical institutions include Georgia Division of Public
 the MSM family as we serve our communities through                Health, Georgia Regional Hospital at Atlanta, South
                                       metropolitan Atlanta and    Fulton Medical Center, and the Atlanta Veterans
                                       across the state and the    Administration Hospital, and Scottish Rites Hospital,
                                       nation.                     also a part of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

                                        Morehouse School of            This is an exciting time for MSM. We remain on
                                      Medicine is accredited by    the edge of innovation as we embrace the tools of
                                      the Liaison committee        modern medicine, integration, collaboration, and
                                      on Medical Education to      translation. The academic community of MSM stands
                                      grant the M.D. degree        ready to transform the health care environment, as we
                                      and by the Council on        seek solutions for the issues that plague our society by
                                      Education for Public         effectively engaging communities, educating the leaders
                                      Health to award the          of tomorrow, and developing the science that will
                                      M.P. H. degree. Our          change the world.

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 15
 Texas Southern University 
 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

 Texas Southern University (TSU), located in Houston,            and other health care
 Texas, is one of the largest senior level, comprehensive,      services and programs.
 historically Black, universities in the nation, with more
 than 9,100 students enrolled. TSU is a comprehensive             The School of Pharmacy
 institution of higher education dedicated to providing         was established in 1949 and
 quality instruction, scholarly research, and socially          graduated its first class consisting of 13 students in
 responsible public service. Consistent with its statutory      1952. For 60 years, the College has distinguished
 designations as both a statewide general purpose and a         itself by graduating over 27 % of Black pharmacists
 special purpose institution for urban programming, the         practicing nationwide and over 51% of Black
 university offers bachelors, masters, doctoral and             pharmacists currently practicing in Texas. The
 professional degrees. Committed to providing access and        college has also produced an impressive list of
 opportunity, the University enrolls an academically and        graduates from diverse racial and ethnic back-
 ethnically diverse student body. Through their teaching        grounds. TSU through the College of Pharmacy
 and research, the distinguished faculty members produce        and Health Sciences is the 43rd member institution
 competent graduates who are poised to make positive            of the Texas Medical Center (TMC). TSU’s mem-
 contributions to humanity.                                     bership in the TMC, one of the world’s premier sites
                                                                of multi-institutional health related educational, re-
     TSU was established in 1947 by the 50th Texas              search, and training. TSU COPHS has expanded its
 Legislature and legislatively designated in 1973 as a          programs to a 30,000 square foot facility located on
 “special purpose institution of higher education for urban     the TMC John P. McGovern campus, only eight
 programming.” The university offers study in more than         minutes from the TSU campus.
 125 degree programs across ten schools and colleges.
 Students matriculate in undergraduate, graduate and pro-           In Fall Semester 2008, the College had an enroll-
 fessional programs leading to degrees in arts, science, com-   ment of over 1,600 pre-professional and professional
 munications, public affairs, education, business, health       students. COPHS is the only academic college in
 science, law, pharmacy, and technology.                        the state to offer the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD)
                                                                degree and five health sciences programs leading to
    The TSU College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences             bachelor of science degrees in environmental health,
 (COPHS) play an integral role in providing the health          health administration, health information
 profession industry manpower for the City of Houston,          management, clinical laboratory sciences and
 the State of Texas and the nation. The mission of the          respiratory therapy. The college also offers graduate
 COPHS is to produce quality health care professionals,         programs leading to a Master of Science degree in
                                  especially African-           health care administration and a Master of Science
                                  Americans and other           and Doctor of Philosophy degree in pharmaceutical
                                  ethnic minorities, who        sciences.
                                  are competent in health
                                  care delivery, including         The instructional and research objectives for the
                                  the provision of              COPHS are achieved by 43 full-time and 12 part-
                                  patient centered care         time faculty. The COPHS also benefits from the
                                                                instructional efforts of a large cadre of voluntary
                                                                faculty and preceptors.

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 Tuskegee University 
 College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health

 Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine,              Community health,
 Nursing and Allied Health (CVMNAH) consists of                  government, industry,
 programs in veterinary medicine, nursing, occupational          hospitals, forensics,
 therapy and clinical laboratory science. This combined          and research.
 college was formalized in the Fall of 1996, as a result of a
 reorganization of the university’s academic programs. The
 CVMNAH offers the following degrees: Doctor of
 Veterinary Medicine; Master of Science in Veterinary               The Nursing profession focuses on patient care,
 Science and in Tropical Animal Health; and Bachelor of          while Occupational Therapy (OT) is a rehabilitation
 Science in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Clinical          profession and Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS)
 Laboratory Sciences, formally Medical Technology.               relies on advanced instrumentation for blood and
                                                                 body fluid analysis.
     The School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) at Tuskegee
 is the only veterinary medical school located at a                  Established in 1892, the Nursing program at
 predominately Black educational institution in the United       Tuskegee is the oldest baccalaureate program in the
 States. Founded in 1944, the SVM has graduated nearly           State of Alabama. Since its inception, the nursing
 75 percent of the nation’s African American veterinarians.      program has enrolled more than 6,000 students.
 Nearly 40 percent of those have pursued careers in              The OT and CLS programs were both established in
 non-clinical practice areas. They hold leading positions in     1979. Due to the programs having relatively small
 food safety, livestock disease eradication, public health and   enrollments, students receive a lot of one-on-one
 preventive medicine, the uniformed services, the                attention from caring instructors as well as thorough
 pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research and                help in preparing for their certification board
 academia.                                                       examinations. OT and CLS students also participate
                                                                 in fieldwork/clinical rotation programs prior to
     The SVM graduates in clinical practice provide essen-       graduation. The SNAH has a 100 percent
 tial service by maintaining adequate food animal resources      employment placement for nursing, OT, and CLS
 and healthy companion animals. Those graduates in               graduates.
 public health careers contribute materially toward
 containing the cost of human health care by preventing              All programs in the CVMNAH are fully accred-
 and controlling zoonotic diseases in animal populations.        ited by their respective accrediting agencies. The
                                                                 SVM is accredited by the Council on Education of
    The school of Nursing and Allied Health (SNAH)               the American Veterinary Medical Association.
                                         prepares                Under the SNAH, the Nursing program is
                                         students to             accredited by the National League for Nursing
                                         work in a               Accrediting Commission; the OT program is
                                         variety of health       accredited by the Accreditation Council for
                                         care settings to        Occupational Therapy Education; and the CLS
                                         include:                program is accredited by the National Accrediting
                                                                 Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

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 Xavier University of Louisiana  
 College of Pharmacy

 Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy was           The College of
 established in 1927 for the purpose of educating blacks          Pharmacy is committed
 and other minority students to become highly trained             to educating pharmacists
 professionals and leaders in the field of pharmacy. Xavier       to meet the rapidly
 is an urban University of 3,200 students located in the          expanding demand by society
 heart of New Orleans near the city’s major universities,         for pharmaceutical care and to addressing the
 colleges, medical institutions and central business district.    scourge of health disparities in our country. To this
                                                                  end, the college has created the Center for Minority
    The vision of the college of Pharmacy is to be a premier      Health and Health Disparities Research and
 institution recognized for its excellence in preparing           Education which provides the infrastructure required
 competent pharmacy practitioners who demonstrate                 to conduct research and provide clinical experiential
 outstanding leadership skills in serving the society at large.   training and community outreach.

    Xavier College of Pharmacy offers the entry-level                 Xavier University College of Pharmacy’s
 Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree as its only              capability to perform contemporary research
 academic program. Currently, Xavier College of                   continues to grow. The college has been successful
 Pharmacy has approximately 670 students in its                   in acquiring state-of-the-art equipment in support of
 professional program.                                            the research effort. The Center for Nanomedicine
                                                                  and Drug Delivery established by the College has
 During the first three years of the entry level Doctor of        enhanced Xavier’s scientific and technological
 Pharmacy program, students are primarily enrolled in             competitiveness in this emerging field and the
 didactic and laboratory courses. In the fourth year, the         Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium has
 college uses community pharmacies, hospitals and many            provided an additional focus to the college’s cancer
 other health care facilities to provide experiential training    research activities. These research and training
 for students with unique opportunities in providing              activities will be housed in the new Qatar Pharmacy
 pharmaceutical services to indigent patients; the college        Pavilion stated for occupancy by spring 2010.
 has established pharmacy services in several health clinics
 located throughout inner city New Orleans.

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 18
 Scholarship Information 

            ROBERT N. BLACK, SR.                                              CAROL B. LEWIS
            SCHOLARSHIP AWARD                                               SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

 Dr. Keith L. Black, an internationally renowned neurosur-       The Carol B. Lewis Scholarship Award was estab-
 geon and scientist, established two (2) $1,000 scholarships     lished in 2002 in honor of the late Carol B. Lewis.
 in honor of his father, Mr. Robert N. Black, Sr., ED.S., a      Carol Lewis was the former Executive Director of the
 retired teacher and administrator. Robert N. Black, Sr. has     Minority Health Professions Foundation, now the
 a distinguished educational career that spans thirty-seven      Association of Minority Health Professions Schools,
 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Alabama State       Inc.. During her tenure, she was committed to in-
 University, a master’s degree in Educational Administration     creasing the representation of minorities in the health
 from the University of Pennsylvania and his ED.S. from          professions and biomedical sciences. This scholarship
 Kent State University.                                          honors her contributions to the Annual Symposium.

 SELECTION CRITERIA – All students attending the                 SELECTION CRITERIA - The scholarship will be
 Symposium are eligible to participate. The scholarship will     given to the student who demonstrates commitment
 be given to the student who demonstrates commitment to          to their studies, enthusiasm and social and cultural
 their studies, enthusiasm, and social and cultural awareness.   awareness. The criteria for entry are as follows:
 The criteria for entry are as follows:
                                                                 •   Students must be currently enrolled as an under-
 •   Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher.                         graduate student at an AMHPS member institu-
                                                                     tion and
 •   Students must write a one page essay (300 words) about          attending the Annual Symposium.
     their interest in science.
                                                                 •   Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
 •   Two letters of recommendation from a counselor/
     student affairs representative and teacher/professor        •   Students must major in a science, technology,
     nominating student(s) for the award.                            engineering or math (STEM) discipline.
     Recommendations must include students’ grade point
     average, community involvement (volunteer                   •   Students must write a one page essay about their
     experience), science interest, and leadership skills            interest in science.
     (participation in associations/organizations).
                                                                 •   Two letters of recommendation from a STEM
 •   The nominee must be a student attending the Annual              instructor. Recommendations must include
     Symposium.                                                      student’s grade point average, community
                                                                     involvement (volunteer experience), science
                                                                     interest, and leadership skills (participation in

                                                                 •   Students applying for this scholarship must have
                                                                     their abstract selected for participation in the
                                                                     Annual Symposium poster competition.

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 19
 Scholarship Information 

 Dr. and Mrs. Tuckson have a history of sponsoring                Eligibility requirements for the 2009 Margie and
 initiatives that support young people in maximizing their        Reed Tuckson Scholarship award are:
                                                                  •   Currently enrolled as a full-time student at the
 Dr. Reed Tuckson is currently Executive Vice President               Morehouse School of Medicine
 and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group, a
 $75 billion Fortune 25 Company. He is also a former              •   A second (M2) or third (M3) year student in
 President of the Charles Drew University of Medicine and             good academic standing in the M.D. Program
 Science in Los Angeles, and is the former Commissioner of
 Public Health for the District of Columbia. Recently, Dr.        •   U.S. Born citizen with high school and college
 Tuckson was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25                 matriculation completed in the United States
 Minority Executives” in Healthcare for 2008 and to Ebony
 magazine’s “2008 Power 150: The Most Influential Blacks          •   African American ethnicity
 in America” list. Mrs. Margie Malone Tuckson is a native
 of Mobile, Alabama, and spent 18 years of her professional
 career with the IBM Corporation. Throughout her life,
 Mrs. Tuckson has committed herself to active community
 involvement. Mrs. Tuckson currently resides in
 Minneapolis, Minnesota with Dr. Reed Tuckson and has
 volunteered with Hope for Chest and Breast Cancer, Augs-
 burg College’s Minority Healthcare Forum, and Big Broth-
 ers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities.

 The Tucksons are passionate about creating resources to
 support and nurture the development of African American
 physicians and health professionals, especially in the area of
 primary patient care. To that end, the Tucksons have
 established the Margie and Reed Tuckson Scholarship for
 two students at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

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          Alumni Profiles

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 21
Natalie Jackson
Natalie Jackson attended the 19th                                exactly in what niche. Eventually, he came to the
annual Symposium in Anaheim, CA                                  choice of health administration, which led him to the
hosted by Charles Drew University dur-                           University of Kentucky where he received a Masters in
ing her senior year in high school in                            Health Administration (MHA). Upon completion of
2005. At this symposium, she met                                 the MHA program, he was then selected to be an Ad-
individuals that enlightened and                                 ministrative Resident in the Graduate Healthcare Ad-
prepared her for the realities that would soon face her during   ministration Training Program for the Department of
her undergraduate career.                                        Veterans Affairs.

  In the fall of 2005, Ms. Jackson began her undergraduate            During his residency he completed projects such
studies at the Tennessee State University as a Biology/          as: Analyzing and Improving All Employee Survey
PreDental major. Throughout undergrad, Ms. Jackson               Results for the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care
joined various organizations, such as the Undergraduate Stu-     System (VAGCVHCS) and Advisory Board Staff Edu-
dent National Dental Association, Golden Key Honor Soci-         cation. After graduating successfully from the resi-
ety, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and participated in        dency program, Michael was offered a position by
educational programs, such as Summer Medical and Dental          VAGCVHCS as a Program Analyst for the VA/DoD
Education Program and a National Institute of Health Im-         Collaboration Office, where he coordinated and coau-
munology course.                                                 thored the Concept of Operations for a Centers of Ex-
                                                                 cellence Program between VAGCVHCS and the 81st
 Currently, Natalie works as a Tutor in Biology, Chemistry,      Medical Group, Keesler Air Force Base as well as nego-
and Mathematics at Tennessee State University. In May            tiating and writing various healthcare services sharing
2009, Natalie will be graduating Summa Cum Laude from            agreements between VAGCVHCS and local Depart-
Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science de-        ment of Defense (DoD) healthcare organizations in
gree in Biology. In the Fall of 2009, Ms. Jackson will enter     southern Mississippi and northern Florida. Recently,
the Doctor of Dental Surgery Program at the University of        he accepted a position at the Samuel S. Stratton VA
North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, North         Medical in Albany, NY as an Equal Employment Op-
Carolina                                                         portunity (EEO) Specialist Intern, which is a new 2 –
                                                                 year VA program to prepare individuals to become
Michael S. Thomas                                                EEO Managers.

Michael S. Thomas was a participant                              Marcus Ferguson
in the 2001 Association of Minority
Health Professions Schools Symposium                                               Marcus Ferguson is a Doctoral
in Norfolk, Virginia. At the time of                                                Candidate in the School of Gradu-
attending the symposium he was some-                                                ate Studies and Research at Meharry
what unsure of what career path he                                                  Medical College in Nashville, TN.
                                                                                    He attended the 15th Annual Bio-
would pursue following the completion                                               medical Symposium as a college
of a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science                                            Freshman. He received his B.S. de-
from Tuskegee University.                                        gree in Chemistry from Tennessee State University.
    However, by attending various seminars offered at the        He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience,
symposium he was given an opportunity to observe                 American Chemistry Society, and the American Asso-
numerous careers, which assisted him to narrow his decision.     ciation for the Advancement of Science.
Due to his passion for helping others he felt his skill set          Marcus has received many awards and honors
would be appropriate for healthcare, but did not know in         (continued)

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 22
Marcus Ferguson                                                 Maryam Micheline Robinson
including, National Science Foundation, Mid-South Alli-                              Maryam Micheline Robin        son
ance for Minority Participation Scholarship, Packard Science                         graduated from Agnes Scott Col-
Scholarship, and Ronald E. McNair Fellowship. He con-                                lege in May 2008 with a Bachelor
ducted research in various areas, including the transit pep-                         of Arts degree in Spanish, with a
tide recycling at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville,                          focus on pre-medicine.
the effect of heavy metals on lipid peroxidation at Tennessee                          During her senior year in high
State University, and the role of glyoxalase in human breast                         school, she attended the AMHPS
cell lines at Meharry Medical College. Currently, Marcus is     Biomedical Symposium in 2004 and visited Meharry
conducting dissertation research, in the laboratory of          Medical School with other students from the More-
Dr Twum Ansah, focusing on the role of                          house School of Medicine Med-Post Program.
serotonergic mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease.                     Maryam is currently a first year MPH student in
                                                                the International Health Track at Morehouse School
Dr. Christopher G. Murray                                       of Medicine and works as a graduate research assistant
Dr. Christopher G. Murray,     originally                       for the deputy director and International Health Track
from Houston, Texas, received his minor                         Coordinator of the program. In addition to being a
in Leadership Studies and Doctor of Phar-                       research assistant, Maryam also works as a work study
macy degree from Hampton Univer-                                student at the Centers for Disease Control and
sity. He was selected as an attendee for                        Prevention in the Division of STD Prevention with
the AMHPS Biomedical Symposium his                              her mentor, Dr. Samantha Williams.
junior year in high school which lead him
to the discovery of a career in pharmacy. In addition, he
was also a fellow in the James A. Ferguson Emerging
                                                                Dr. Cheryl Gilbreath
Infectious Diseases Fellowship in the summer of 2006; a         A product of a single-parent
program in which AMHPS collaborates with the Centers for        household in Southern Califor-
Disease Control and Prevention to provide education and         nia, Dr. Cheryl Gilbreath ven-
training to professional students interested in healthcare.     tured across the country with a
   Dr. Murray is currently completing his first year of a two   few private scholarships to ulti-
year combined Pharmacy Administration Residency and             mately earn her Doctor of Phar-
Master of Science degree in Health-System Pharmacy              macy and Masters in Business
program at Duke University Hospital and the University of       Administration at Howard Uni-
North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Dr. Murray intends to earn        versity, Washington DC. As a pharmacy student,
BPS certification in pharmacotherapy, remain active and         Cheryl attended the AMHPS programs in Nashville,
hold leadership positions in professional pharmacy              Tennessee in 2003 and Anaheim, California in 2005.
organizations, and ultimately serve as Director of Pharmacy     These programs exposed her to diverse health-related
and Chief Pharmacy Officer in a large tertiary hospital.        fields with a number of federal agencies and private
                                                                organizations. Cheryl's resume boasts diverse profes-
                                                                sional development experiences in quality assurance,
                                                                regulatory affairs and marketing occupations with
                                                                pharmaceutical companies such as Abbott Labs and
                                                                Schering Plough. Currently, Cheryl serves as a Health
                                                                Insurance Specialist at the Center of Medicare and
                                                                Medicaid Services in Baltimore, MD, focusing on
                                                                Medicare Part B Prescription Drug Pricing and Pay-
                                                                ment Policies.
The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 23
Carl V. Hill, PhD., M.P.H.
                  Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a health          of becoming a pharmacist. However, after talking to
                    scientist administrator in the Extramural      dental professors, deans and students through the con-
                    Associates Program, which is managed           ference, she was introduced to the many possibilities
                    through the NICHD but serves the whole         that dentistry had to offer, so she made the switch.
                    of NIH. After receiving a bachelor of arts     During her undergraduate career she not only gradu-
                    degree from Morehouse College in         At-   ated with honors but she also made the Dean’s Honor
                    lanta, Georgia, Dr. Hill was a part of the     Roll 4 years consecutively, she was a Howard Univer-
                    inaugural class of the M.P.H. Program at       sity Laureate scholarship recipient and a Golden Key
Morehouse School of Medicine. Upon completing the                  Honor Society member.
M.P.H., Dr. Hill joined the charter class of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Public Health Pre-
                                                                   Chinweze N. Ahaghotu
vention Service (PHPS), where he worked on the CDC’s               Chinweze N. Ahaghou is a Mar-
1997 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), helped to estab-           keting Analyst in the Business
lish the Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at        Analysis and Decision Support
Tuskegee University, and implemented a local version of the        group at Merck & Co., Inc. He is
YRBS in Harris County, Texas. Dr. Hill completed the               responsible for managing and
PHPS program and subsequently matriculated at the Uni-             analyzing all secondary marketing
versity of Michigan School of Public Health, where he              data in support of the Merck/
served as a research fellow with the Center for Research on        Schering-Plough Joint Venture
Ethnicity, Culture, and Health and the W.K. Kellogg Doc-           cardiovascular franchise. In 2004, Chinweze contrib-
toral Fellowship Program in Health Policy, for doctoral            uted to the successful launch of Vytorin, the newest
study. While at the University of Michigan, Dr. Hill also          cholesterol-reducing blockbuster drug.
worked with the University’s Institute of Social Research
Program for Research on Black Americans in order to com-               Born in 1978 in Washington, D.C., Chinweze is
plete his dissertation research on the influence of ethnicity,     the third child of Vincent and Justina Ahaghotu, a
stress, and coping on black men’s health. Before this role         college economics professor and pre-school teacher,
with NICHD, Dr. Hill was a health research scientist with          respectively. At the age of 7, he traveled with his three
the NIH National Center on Minority Health and Health              brothers and two sisters to his parents’ homeland
Disparities.                                                       Nigeria, where he attended the country’s only academy
                                                                   for Gifted and Talented students. In 1995, he
Janyn Baird                                                        returned with his family to the United States and
Janyn Baird, a 3 year attendee in the                              resumed his education at Calvin Coolidge High
regional AMHPS conferences, is currently                           School in Washington D.C. In his senior year, he
a first year dental student at Howard                              participated in the Association of Minority Health
University College of Dentistry. Ms.                               Professions Schools (AMHPS) Annual Symposium;
Baird not only participated in the                                 and later graduated as his class valedictorian while
conference as an undergraduate delegate                            achieving nearly every other academic award, includ-
while attending Howard University but                              ing being named a Presidential Scholar, the nation’s
also, functioned as a counselor for the high                       highest honor for high school students. Chinweze
school students who accompanied the Howard University              went on to attend Harvard University where he ma-
contingent. She credits her exposure and her final educa-          jored in Biophysics. After spending two summer in-
tional choice to pursue Dentistry to what she learned at the       ternships conducting diabetes research at Merck, he
conference. When first entering Howard, she had dreams             joined the drug company’s Research Information Ser-
                                                                   vices group outside of Philadelphia, upon graduation.
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(continued) Since joining Merck, Chinweze has been in-           and circadian rhythms. He has held leadership roles
volved in several leadership activities including serving as a   with the American Medical Association and Florida
mentor to high school students, as a Facilitator in the Merck    Medical Association Medical Student Section in efforts
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Pre-College           to raise awareness for the need of Medicare and Medi-
Initiative, and as an Alumni mentor in the Milken Scholars       caid reform, to create better ways to fund or decrease
Foundation. He has also organized many professional              the cost of medical school, and to increase minority
development programs in his company as an Executive              enrollment in medical schools. He has also organized
Board Member of the Merck Black Employees’ Network.              and participated in numerous community health fairs
In May 2004, Chinweze completed a part-time Master of            with the Student National Medical Association. Fer-
Science degree in Management and Information Science             nando continues to make frequent visitations to Flor-
from the Pennsylvania State University.                          ida A&M and schools in his hometown of Atlanta in
                                                                 hopes to inspire young minority students to go to col-
  In fall 2005, Chinweze plans to return to graduate school      lege and perhaps pursue a career as a healthcare profes-
as a full-time MBA student studying international finance        sional.
and marketing. He hopes to continue his career helping to
finance drug research in areas of unmet need that                Gevoni L. Bolden
disproportionately affects minority populations, and
improve clinical trial recruitment and management in the         Gevoni L. Bolden is a native of
United States and in developing countries.                       New Orleans/Westbank area
                                                                 (Avondale, LA.) She was first ex-
Fernando Porter                                                  posed to the AMHPS Symposium
                                                                 as a student in high school at St.
Fernando participated in the MED POST                            Mary’s Dominican High School.
program at the Morehouse School of Medi-                         After graduating in 2000, Gevoni
cine in the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001                              began her collegiate career at Xavier
school years which is where he was first ex-                     University of Louisiana as a Chemistry major with mi-
posed to the AMHPS biomedical sympo-                             nors in Biology and Spanish. While at Xavier, Gevoni
sium. These programs along with life’s twist                     was a Xavier University of LA Scholarship recipient, an
and turns inspired Fernando to pursue a ca-                      American Chemical Society Scholar, on the Dean’s
reer in medicine. So, after graduating cum                       List, and active member of the Chemistry Club,
laude from Florida A&M University with a degree in biologi-      NAACP, and involved in undergraduate research.
cal sciences, Fernando was accepted and participated in the      Also, in her senior year she participated in Syracuse
Florida State College of Medicine Bridge Post-Baccalaureate      University’s Study Abroad program in Madrid, Spain.
Program from 2005-2006 and is currently a 2nd year medi-         Gevoni stated that studying abroad was “one of the
cal student at Florida State University College of Medicine.     best experiences of her life and she would encourage all
                                                                 college students to experience another country and
    Fernando is an avid volunteer for the American Cancer        culture. It really makes you appreciate the privileges
Society’s Relay for Life, and regularly volunteers at a local    we enjoy as Americans and how to respect and accept
free clinic in Tallahassee. He also completed a volunteer pro-   other cultures.”
ject that investigated pain management with inner-city pa-
tients. Through relationships made from the MED-Post             After graduating from Xavier in 2004, Gevoni began
program and AMHPS biomedical symposium, Fernando was             working at Tulane University Medical School as a
able to spend a summer at the Morehouse School of Medi-          Laboratory Research Technician, involved in the re-
cine’s Neuroscience Institute to research neurotransmitters      search of Natriuretic peptides and gene regulatory

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 25
(continued) mechanisms that may play a role in the develop-     the Student Interviewing Committee at Meharry. Ms.
ment of hypertension. This research was interrupted by the      Hammond has also assumed a leadership position
winds of Hurricane Katrina which also allowed Gevoni to         within the MSTP as a member of the Physician-
realize that although she enjoyed research, there was more      Scientist Speaker Series Committee. Alexis feels fortu-
that she wanted to accomplish in her life. So she applied       nate to have been exposes to the many opportunities
and was accepted in the Xavier University of Louisiana, Col-    within the healthcare field through participation in the
lege of Pharmacy in Fall 2006. She is currently a second        AMHPS Symposium, and is grateful for the support
year pharmacy student that enjoys learning about the nu-        she and other minorities have received throughout the
merous disease states and the vast amount of drugs that are     year.
used in the market today. She is still involved in research
through the Centers of Excellence research program where        Amy R. Oringi
she synthesizes polymer nanoparticles as a drug delivery sys-
tem that can be used for gene therapy and anti-cancer drug      Amy R. Oringi is a 2nd year Master
therapy. She is also a member and officer of the Academy of     of Science in Public Health Student at
Student Pharmacists (APHA/ASP), member of the Louisi-           Meharry Medical College (MMC) in
ana Society of Hospital Pharmacists (LSHP), and a student       Nashville, Tennessee. She attended
intern at Walgreen’s. Upon completion of her Doctor of          the Symposium in 2000. She earned
Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana,            a B.S. in Biological Sciences from
Gevoni intends to participate in a fellowship program where     Hampton University in 2004. During her tenure at
she can continue pharmacy related research.                     her “Home by the Sea”, she served as a member of the
                                                                Student Leadership Program, Senator of the Student
                                                                Government Association, Health Editor of the Hamp-
Alexis Hammond                                                  ton Script Newspaper, and a member of Operation
Alexis S. Hammond is currently a second                         Smiles. She also engaged in research for the Minority
year medical student at Meharry Medical                         Health Disparity Reduction Program, sponsored by
College in Nashville, Tennessee. She was                        the National Institutes of Health. Ms. Oringi enjoys
privileged to attend the AMHPS symposium                        working actively in the community through leader-
in 1998, 1999 and 2000 through Hampton                          ship.
University in her hometown of Hampton,                              Amy currently serves as the representative of her
Virginia. Ms. Hammond attended Spelman College where            school as “Miss School of Graduate Studies and Re-
she received a B.A. in Psychology in 2004. During her first     search” as well as the Health Care Representative to
year at Meharry, she was accepted into the Meharry-             the MSPH Advisory Board. While matriculating at
Vanderbilt Alliance Medical Scientist Training Program,         MMC, she has served as the Executive VP of the Stu-
which culminates in both MD and PhD degrees. As a re-           dent Government Association and the Administrative
quirement for her program, she has completed laboratory         VP of the Student Public Health Executive Council.
rotations in Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University, where       Amy has received many honors and awards including
she has focused on the development, course and treatment of     Coca-Cola and the Health Care Executive Scholar-
psychiatric disorders.                                          ships. She served as Disparity Elimination Intern, in
During her time at Meharry, Alexis has received such awards     the Office of the Commissioner for the Tennessee
as the Helen Karpov Memorial Scholarship, the Edward G.         Department of Health. Amy’s professional affiliations
High, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship, and the Meharry                include the American Public Health Association-
Association of Office Award. She is a member of the Student     Community Health Planning and Policy Development
National Medical Association and the American Medical           Committee and the Young Policy Advisor for the
Association. She serves as co-chair of the fundraiser commit-   Health Task Force of the Tennessee Black Caucus of
tee of the Psychiatry Club, and is a member of                  State Legislators.
The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 26
Sunny Bant
                                                                  focused on the signaling and movement of cancerous
Sunny Bant is currently a dental student, attending               brain cells. During his time at Meharry, Kurt has re-
Meharry Medical College. Sunny attended the 19th Annual
                                                                  ceived such awards as the first year PhD award, the
Biomedical Symposium in Anaheim, CA through Meharry
                                                                  Charles W. Johnson, Sr., M.D. Endowed Scholarship,
Medical College. During the Symposium, he was attending
                                                                  and was on the Dean’s list with a 4.0 GPA. He is a
Tennessee State University and since then has graduated
                                                                  member of Meharry-Vanderbilt Student Alliance. He
with a bachelors of science in biological sciences. At his
                                                                  serves as co-chair of the communications subcommit-
undergraduate institution, he was the vice president of the
                                                                  tee, and is an active member of the Graduate Student
undergraduate student national dental association (USNDA),
                                                                  Association. Mr. Watson has also displayed leadership
and also was a tutor for the institution, in biology and
                                                                  by becoming involved in the surrounding community
genetics. He has received many recognitions and awards at
                                                                  through the Pencil Foundation. The Pencil Founda-
Tennessee State University and graduated within 3 years.
                                                                  tion places volunteers in local elementary schools
Currently, he is just trying hard to learn and make it through
                                                                  where they tutor students in math and reading. Kurt
dental school.
                                                                  has expressed his sincere gratitude for the opportunity
                                                                  to participate in the AMHPS symposium. It has
                                                                  broadened his mind and encouraged him to continue
Erin Jackson                                                      to pursue higher education while reaching back and
Erin Jackson is currently a sophomore at Spelman College          pulling others along with him.
majoring in Biology Pre-Medicine. She attended the
AMHPS Annual Biomedical Symposium as a high school                Amber S. Joseph
junior in 2004 through Morehouse School of Medicine.
Through this program, she learned the great importance of         Amber S. Joseph is currently a 2009 PharmD. Candi-
research and it spurred her to apply to research programs.        date at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.
During the summer of 2004, Ms. Jackson was accepted into          Amber has served in leadership positions as Pre-
and participated in the Howard Hughes Biomedical Summer           Pharmacy Club President-Elect, Pre-Pharmacy Club
Science Program at Spelman College. She conducted                 President and Pharmacy Class of 2009 President. She
research on the effects of varying concentrations of photosyn-    was recently selected by the Dean to serve as the stu-
thetic pigments in plant leaves. During the summer of 2006,       dent representative to the Professional Conduct Com-
Ms. Jackson was an intern at the Radiotherapy Clinics of          mittee and is involved with many organizations in-
Georgia, a prostate cancer clinic. She attributes part of her     cluding American Pharmacists Association, American
interest to pursuing a career in research issues as a result of   Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Student
attending the Biomedical Symposium as an attendee with            National Pharmaceutical Association. Amber attended
Morehouse School of Medicine’s Med Post Program.                  the annual Biomedical Symposium as an undergradu-
                                                                  ate in 2001, as a graduate in 2004 and 2005 and vol-
Kurt J. Watson                                                    unteered as a moderator in 2006. As a result of
Kurt J. Watson is currently a second year graduate student        AMHPS, Amber was afforded the opportunity to con-
at Meharry Medical College in the Division of Cancer Biol-        duct research at the Centers for Disease Control and
ogy. He was privileged to attend the AMHPS symposium in           Prevention as a Dr. James a Ferguson Research Fellow.
1998, through Xavier University in his hometown of New            Her career goals include specializing in neonatal
Orleans, LA. Mr. Watson attended Dillard University where         pharmacy and opening a community outreach center.
he received a B.S. with honors in Biology with a minor in         As a future pharmacist, Amber hopes to help eliminate
Chemistry in 2004. As a requirement for his program, he has       health disparities in America by serving the under-
completed laboratory rotations in the field of Neuroscience       served.
at Vanderbilt University with Dr. Huang Fan, where he has

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 27
Andrew J. Taylor
Andrew J. Taylor, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)         Dr. Ball is currently a member of the American Phar-
is a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences at      macists Association (APhA) and NCPA. Her interests
Texas Southern University (TSU). He attended the Annual          include establishing and maintaining clinical pharmacy
Biomedical Symposium as a college student at Texas               services in community pharmacies for diabetes, HIV/
Southern University. He received both his Bachelor of            AIDS, medication therapy management and
Science degree in Respiratory Therapy and Master of              immunizations.
Science degree in Health Education from TSU. Mr. Taylor
has earned numerous specializations in the field of              Charlene Offiong
Respiratory Therapy including, Perinatal/Pediatric Respira-
tory Care Specialist, Registered Pulmonary Function
                                                                 Charlene Offiong, PharmD. is the Assistant Dean of
                                                                 Practice Programs in the College of Pharmacy and
Technologist, and Certified Health Education Specialist.
                                                                 Health Sciences at Texas Southern University (TSU).
He has worked as a staff Respiratory Therapist for the
                                                                 She attended the Annual Biomedical Symposium as a
Veterans Affairs Hospital in Houston, Texas and in the area
                                                                 pharmacy student. Dr. Offiong received the Bachelor
of Home Health Care for American Medical Equipment
                                                                 of Science Degree from TSU. Her professional mem-
Company. His professional         involvement includes: Texas
                                                                 bership includes: The Texas Society of Health Systems
Society for Respiratory Care, American Association for
                                                                 Pharmacists, Gulf Coast Society of Health System
Respiratory Care and the National Board for the Respiratory
                                                                 Pharmacists, American Association of Colleges of
Care. Currently, Mr. Taylor is the Director of Clinical
                                                                 Pharmacy and the National Association of Health
Education for the Respiratory Therapy Program at Texas
                                                                 Services Executives. She has received many honors
Southern University.
                                                                 and awards including the William Randolph Hearst
Kristin Ball                                                     Doctor of Pharmacy Fellowship. She has worked as an
                                                                 ICU Pharmacist, and Psychiatric Pharmacist. Dr.
Kristin Ball is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at   Offiong has worked at The Methodist Hospital in the
Hampton University’s School of Pharmacy. Dr. Ball                Texas Medical Center as a Drug Information
attended the Annual Biomedical Symposium as a pre-               Pharmacist, providing responses to drug information
pharmacy student in 2000 and 2001 through Florida A&M            questions from physicians, pharmacists, healthcare
University College of Pharmacy Sciences. She received her        professionals, and patients. She has guest lectured at
Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida A&M University in 2005.          Houston Baptist University, College of Nursing,
Upon graduation, she completed a Community Pharmacy              educating nurse practitioners on molecular
Practice Residency at the University of Georgia in Athens,       pharmacology and therapeutic applications of drugs.
GA. During the residency she established a diabetes self-        She has authored and co-authored pharmacy articles
management program in an independent pharmacy, imple-            in the areas of minority patients and quality of care,
mented a pharmacist run patient care service in an HIV           pregnancy in a diabetic patient, and how to counsel
clinic, and offered anticoagulation services in a pharmacist-    psychiatric patients. Currently, she is involved with
managed primary care clinic. In HU’s School of Pharmacy,         coordinating and implementing training programs for
Dr. Ball teaches 3rd year professional students in Patient As-   pharmacy preceptors at Texas Southern university.
sessment, Research Methods, Drug and Disease State Man-
agement, and Pharmaceutical Care V. In addition, she
teaches 1st year professional students in Pharmaceutical Care
I. Dr. Ball’s current research involves the establishment of a
pharmacy-based flu clinic in a community pharmacy
servicing an underserved population. She is the faculty
advisor for the HU student chapter of the National
Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).
The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 28
Duriel Gray
Duriel Gray is currently a senior medical student at              that he would like to apply his education such that in
Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He               such a way to have a positive impact on the world.
attended the 10th Annual Symposium as a high school
student, at the 12th Annual Symposium as a college fresh-         Sherida Heath
man through Meharry Medical College. He earned the
                                                                  Sherida Heath is currently a Program Assistant with
Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tennessee State
                                                                  the Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Com-
University. Mr. Gray was treasurer of the Meharry Medical
                                                                  puting Graduate and International Programs. She at-
College Pre-Alumni Association and participated in the
                                                                  tended the Annual Biomedical Symposium as a high
Student Life Committee. He is the 2006 Committee Chair
                                                                  school senior in 1999 through Morehouse School of
of the Black History Month Commemoration for the
                                                                  Medicine, Med Post Program. Ms. Heath received her
Meharry/Vanderbilt Alliance. Duriel is currently a member
                                                                  B.S. degree in History and Technology from Georgia
of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA),
                                                                  Tech and is currently working on her M.S. degree
American Medical Student Association (AMSA), and the
                                                                  there as well. She has conducted research in the fields
American Medical Association (AMA).
                                                                  of African American and Asian history, as well as, Me-
                                                                  dicinal History. Ms. Heath is also a Sergeant in the
Erica Elzey                                                       United States Army Reserve where she serves as a Nu-
                                                                  trition Specialist. She plans to continue her nutritional
Erica Elzey is currently a first year medical student at Johns    education to become a Registered Dietitian.
Hopkins University School of Medicine. She first attended
the Annual Symposium as a high school student in 2000             Dodie Arnold
through the Med Post Program at Morehouse School of
Medicine. Erica received her B.S. degree in biology from
                                                                  Dodie Arnold is a student at Meharry
                                                                  Medical Colleges (MMC) School of
Spelman College in May 2006. With current interests in the
                                                                  Graduate Studies and Research in the
field of pediatric oncology, Erica continues to network with
                                                                  Master’s of Science Public Health
peers she met at the Annual Symposium.
                                                                  Program in Nashville, Tennessee.
                                                                  Ms. Arnold attended the AMHPS
Edward Cole                                                       Symposium sponsored by Howard University in 2000
Edward Cole majored in Mechanical Engineering major at            as an college freshman. In 2003, she earned her B.S.
Tennessee State University, from Nashville, TN. He became         in Biology with honors, B.A. in Spanish, and a minor
an Alumni of Tennessee State University in December of            in Chemistry with honors, from Xavier University of
2006. He would like to enter a study abroad program in            Louisiana.
Business or Engineering in either Europe or Japan. The pro-          Since participating in the Symposium, she has
gram will precede my graduate education. As of date he has        earned a United States Environmental Protection
not chosen a graduate school to attend, but is currently visit-   Agency Minority Academic Institutions Fellowship
ing potential colleges and universities. After high school, he    which she completed in the Office of Children’s
interned with Nissan Motor Manufacturing for three sum-           Health at the EPA Region IV headquarters in Atlanta,
mers. He has been involved with the Association of Minor-         GA. Ms. Arnold also studied and worked at the Cen-
ity Health Professions Schools through Meharry Medical            ter for Molecular Genetics and Childhood Cancers in
College. Through his involvement with the association, he         Curitiba, Brazil through the Christian Brother’s Uni-
has gained an interest in Bio-Medical Engineering. From           versity Minority International Research Training Pro-
this discovery, he is seeking a career in the development, im-    gram.
provement, and manufacturing of medical devices. With this          Upon completion of her MSPH, she plans to pursue
goal to work with mechanical devices he has determined            a PhD in Public Health.

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Douglas M. Willis, PhD
Douglass M. Willis is an Assistant Professor                   management. He lectures at TSU in Practice Manage-
in the College of Science and Technology at                    ment, Ethics, and Pharmacy Orientation.
Texas Southern University (TSU) in Hous-
ton, Texas. He attended the Symposium as                       Danielle L. Wiley, Pharm. D.
a high school student. He received his B.S.
                                                               Dr. Wiley is a Assistant Professor of
degree in Chemistry from TSU, and his
                                                               Pharmacy Practice at Texas Southern
PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Louisiana State
                                                               University (TSU) College of Phar-
University (LSU). He is a member of the American Chemi-
                                                               macy and Health Sciences in Hous-
cal Society, National Organization for the Professional Ad-
                                                               ton, Texas. She participated in the
vancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
                                                               Symposium as a high school senior.
                                                               While in pharmacy school at TSU, she again partici-
     Dr. Willis has received many honors and awards includ-
                                                               pated in the Symposium. She received her Doctor of
ing, Graduate Education for Minorities (GEM) Fellowship,
                                                               Pharmacy (Pharm.D) from TSU. Upon completion
TSU E-Learning Course Development Grant and LSU Dis-
                                                               of her degree, she went on to complete a Community
sertation Fellowship. He has worked as a Research Scientist
                                                               Pharmacy Practice Residency with the University of
for Eastman Kodak Company where he managed independ-
                                                               Houston and Walgreens. Currently Dr. Wiley serves
ent research surrounding the development, manufacturabil-
                                                               as the course coordinator for Nonprescription Prod-
ity and marketability of solvent-based colorants. Dr. Willis
                                                               ucts and Coordinator for Prescription Practice. She
has worked as a Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant for
                                                               also has a grant with the Area Agency on Aging for
LSU, instructed undergraduate lectures and laboratory
                                                               home medication management services in the elderly
courses, and conducted independent thesis research. He has
authored and co-authored technical addenda in the field of
  Currently Dr. Willis is involved in conducting independ-
                                                               Kataren J. Johnson, M.S.
ent research surrounding the development of infrastructure     Kataren Johnson is currently a
and support for an on-site biotechnology research center in    Research Associate at Auburn
addition to providing undergraduate instruction and cur-       University in the Department of Bio-
riculum improvement.                                           logical Sciences. She attended the
                                                               Symposium with Tuskegee University
Willie Caper II, Pharm. D.                                     as a high school student in 1994. Ms.
Willie Capers, II is a Pharmacy Manager at The Methodist       Johnson received a B.S. in biology and a M.S. in Bio-
Hospital- Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He is        logical Sciences from the University of Alabama in
responsible for approximately 50 full-time employees and       Huntsville, Alabama. Her current research effort focus
operational services in the pharmacy department. Dr. Capers    is on native North American grapevines (the plant ge-
attended the Symposium as a college freshman.                  nus Vitis) for which she is developing projects involv-
He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Texas Southern         ing various aspects of molecular evolution, phylogeny,
University (TSU). Dr. Capers completed a two-year resi-        and speciation genetics. In addition to basic evolu-
dency in pharmacy practice management at Aurora Health         tionary research, she is using molecular tools to exam-
Care- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a Preceptor/Adjunct          ine the origins of weediness in invasive species such as
Assistant Professor for TSU, University of Texas-Austin,       Wisteria and the population genetics of endangered
University of Houston, Creighton University- Omaha, NE,        species of Clematis.
and Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH.
Dr. Caper precepts over 50 pharmacist-interns per year in
hospital pharmacy practice and health system pharmacy
The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 30
Latarsha Reid                                                    Shaylarene T. Hubert
Latarsha Reid is a first year student in the                     Shaylarene T. Hubert is a practicing
Cell Biology and Pathobiology Ph.D.                              community pharmacist in San Anto-
Program at Columbia University. She                              nio, Texas. Dr. Hubert received the
attended the Symposium as a high school                          Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from
student from Campbell High School in                             Texas Southern University (TSU).
Smyrna, Georgia. She also attended as an                         She participated in the Annual
undergraduate student from Spelman College in Atlanta,           Biomedical Symposium as a pharmacy student. Dr.
Georgia in 2003. Ms. Reid states that she was exposed to         Hubert has received many honors and awards includ-
other careers besides medicine and the Symposium aroused         ing, 1st place at the AMHPS Biomedical Symposium
her interest in research and credits her aroused interest as     for her abstract presentation. She has participated and
one of the reasons she is currently in a Ph.D program. Net-      been a member of numerous organizations including,
working at the Symposium provided Ms. Reid with oppor-           the American Society for Health Systems Pharmacists,
tunities to attend other scientific conferences and intern-      and, the center for Cardiovascular diseases, as a stu-
ships.                                                           dent researcher. Dr. Hubert’s future aspirations in-
                                                                 clude developing programs with minority, elementary
George S. Patton                                                 and middle school students to encourage interest into
George S. Patton, II is currently a 4th year medical student     mathematics and science.
at Meharry Medical College. Mr. Patton attended the
AMHPS Symposium in 1996 as a college student through             Anika Foster
Meharry Medical College. He attended Fisk University
where he received a B.A. in Biology.                             Anika Foster is currently a 3rd year
  Mr. Patton has received numerous awards such as the Na-        PhD student in the School of Public
tional Collegiate Education Award, Beta Kappa Chi award,         Health at Florida A& M university,
Mortar Board Award, Teacher Appreciation Award, and 1st          she was also Project Officer with the
Place Presentation award at the 48th Annual Student              Minority Health Professions Foun-
Research at Meharry Medical College.                             dation (MHPF) from 1997 - 2006.
   George is currently involved in a research project on “The    She attended the Annual Biomedi-
effects of smoking on erythrocytes in guinea pigs and possible   cal Symposium as an undergraduate in 1995 through
development of markers for cardiovascular disease.” He is a      Morehouse School of Medicine. Ms. Foster received
member of the Student Medical Association (SNMA),                her B.A. degree in psychology from Spelman College
American Medical Student Association (AMSA), and the             and her M.P.H. degree in public health from More-
American College of Physicians.                                  house School of Medicine. She has conducted research
                                                                 in the fields of alcohol use as it relates to risky sexual
Hari Ian McGowan                                                 behavior among minority students; antimicrobial resis-
                                                                 tance among children; and the effects of toxic waste
Hari Ian McGowan is currently a freshman                         sites along the Mississippi river. During her tenure at
dental student at Meharry Medical College
School of Dentistry. He attended the 11th                        Morehouse School of Medicine, Ms. Foster was se-
Annual Biomedical Symposium in Houston,                          lected as a Prevention Research fellow at the Centers
Texas as a high school student through Me-                       for Disease Control and Prevention, during which she
harry Medical College. He attended Florida                       conducted health disparities research. She is affiliated
A&M University as well as Tennessee State University where       with the American Public Health Association; the Na-
he received a B.S. in Biology. He is a member of the Student     tional Association of Female Executives; and Delta
National Dental Association (SNDA) and also participates in      Omega National Public Health Honor Society.
several community-based programs for disadvantaged chil-
dren, such as mentoring, basketball, and baseball.
The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 31
Christopher Smith                                               Marcus Iszard, Ph.D.
Christopher Smith is currently a Program                        Dr. Marcus Iszard, a native of Jacksonville, Florida,
Coordinator with the National Cancer Insti-                     was a participant of the 1st and 2nd Annual Sympo-
tute’s Cancer Information Service (CIS) and                     sium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences.
Cancer Prevention & Control Research Net-                       Dr. Iszard received his BS in Biology and MS degree
work (CPCRM). He attended the Annual                            in Pharmacology/Toxicology from Florida A&M Uni-
Symposium with Tuskegee University in                           versity. Dr. Iszard continued his education acquiring a
Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Smith received his B.S. degree in        PdD in 1991 from the College of Pharmacy at FAMU
Clinical laboratory Science from Tuskegee University and a      and also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the
MPH degree from Saint Louis University, School of Public        School of Medicine, University of Kansas Department
Health. He has conducted the following research projects: 1.    of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics in
Community Based Participatory Research-Garden of Eden           1994. Dr Iszard’s research interests include heavy
Project; 2. Health Communications-Prostate Cancer Mes-          metal toxicity, reproductive/developmental toxicology
sage Development; 3. Program Evaluation of a Prostate Can-      and forensic toxicology. Dr. Iszard’s expertise falls in
cer Peer Education Program; and 4. Cancer Information Ser-      the field of proteomics and health disparities. Since his
vice and Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network.        involvement with the Biomedical Symposium as a par-
Mr. Smith is an active member of several associations such as   ticipant, workshop speaker and abstract judge, he has
the American Heart Association-minority Council; Taberna-       demonstrated growth and sustainability in the
cle Health Ministry and Comprehensive Cancer Coalition;         Biomedical Research and Health Professions fields. He
and the Minority Leadership Committee.                          is currently the Director of Assessment in the Division
                                                                of Pharmacology at the University of Missouri-Kansas
Aisha Morris Moultry                                            City.

Aisha Morris Moultry is a faculty member                        Andrea Simmons
in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at
Texas Southern University (TSU) in Hous-                        Andrea Simmons is the Director of Experiential
ton, Texas. She attended the Annual Bio-                        Training and services as an instructor for the Depart-
medical Symposium as a pharmacy student.                        ment of Pharmacy Practice at Texas Southern Univer-
Dr. Moultry received the Doctor of Phar-                        sity. She attended the Annual Biomedical Symposium
macy degree from Texas Southern University. She completed       as a pharmacy student. Dr Simmons received her Doc-
a two-year pharmacy practice management residency in Co-        tor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from Texas South-
lumbus, Ohio at Riverside Methodist Hospital, and simulta-      ern University. She completed an American Society of
neously received a Masters degree in Health-System Phar-        Health Systems Pharmacists Program at Christus
macy Administration from Ohio State University. Dr. Moul-       Santa Rosa Health Care in San Antonio, Texas. She
try coordinates two Pharmacy Management courses and con-        has worked as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy man-
tributes lectures in Prescription Practice, Advanced Thera-     ager and conducted projects in the areas of Hyperten-
peutics II, and Professional Communications and Counsel-        sion, and Investigational drug study protocols. Dr.
ing. She’s involved with publishing in peer-reviewed journals   Simmons is a member of American Pharmaceutical
and participating in grant funded research.                     Association (APHA) and the academic supervisor to
Currently, Dr. Moultry is involved in the area of pharmacy      the college’s APHA-ASP chapter. Currently, she con-
administration. She established a Pharmacy Administration       ducts lectures, monitors the progression of students,
site with Harris County Hospital District, in Houston, Texas    and helps to identify and develop new professional
and is the Inpatient Pharmacy Operations Manager.               practice experiences for pharmacy and health science

The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 32
 2009 AMHPS Officers
                                             Wayne Harris, M.S., Ph.D.
                                                 College of Pharmacy
                                             Xavier University of Louisiana

                                                  Leo E. Rouse, D.D. S.
                                                        Vice Chair
                                                    College of Dentistry
                                                    Howard University

                                           Henry Lewis III, Pharm. D.
                                  College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
                                              Florida A&M University

 2009 Board of Directors
 Beatrice Adderly-Kelly, Ph.D.                                          Susan Kelly, Ph.D., FAPS
 Dean                                                                   President
 College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences                Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
 Howard University
                                                                        Hugh McLean, Ph.D., Pharm. D.
 William B. Butler, D.D.S., M.S.                                        Dean
 Dean                                                                   School of Pharmacy
 School of Dentistry                                                    Hampton University
 Meharry Medical College
                                                                        Valerie Montogomery-Rice, M.D., M.P.H.
 Tsegaye Habtemariam, D.V.M, M.P.V.M., Ph.D.                            Dean
 Dean                                                                   School of Medicine
 College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health              Meharry Medical College
 Tuskegee University                                                     
 Barbara Hayes, M.S., Ph.D.                                             Robert Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., FACP
 Dean                                                                   Dean
 College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences                                  College of Medicine
 Texas Southern University                                              Howard University

 Sandra Harris-Hooker, Ph.D.
 Vice-President and Associate Dean of Sponsored
 Research Administration
 Morehouse School of Medicine

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 2009 Student Advisory Council
 Alex Adams                                         Denise James, M.A.
 Student Coordinator                                Coordinator of Student Affairs
 Morehouse School of Medicine                       Hampton University School of Pharmacy
                                                    Office of Academic & Student Affairs
 LaJoy Boyd Kay
 Director of Student Services                       Mary A. Lampley
 Texas Southern University                          Counselor and HCOP Coordinator
 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences            Tuskegee University

 Dawn Cannon, MD.                                   Shirlette Milton, Ph.D.
 Associate Dean                                     Assistant Dean for Student Services
 Howard University, College of Medicine             Texas Southern University
                                                    College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
 Fran Close, Ph.D.
 Assistant Dean for Students                        Randall Schexnayder, R.Ph.
 FAMU College of Pharmacy &                         Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
 Pharmaceutical Sciences                            Xavier University of Louisiana
                                                    College of Pharmacy
 Cheryl G. Davis, D.H.A., CLS(NCA)
 Associate Dean for Administration                  Jacqueline Scott
 and Resource Development                           Interim Director
 Tuskegee University                                Morehouse School of Medicine
 College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing
 & Allied Health                                    Cecile Skinner, D.D.S., Ph.D.
 Malynda Gaines                                     Howard University, College of Dentistry
 School of Graduate Studies & Research
 Meharry Medical College                            Celia Williams-Fowlkes, M.Ed.
                                                    Recruitment and Records Officer
 Lorraine Grey                                      Howard University, School of Pharmacy
 Pipeline Director
 Charles Drew University
 of Medicine and Science

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 2009 Research Advisory Council (RAC) Members
 Brenda D. Hayes, DSW-MPH, Chair                     Brian Laurence, D.D.S., Ph.D.
 Director, Grant & Proposal Development Director     Associate Professor - Assistant Dean for Research
 Community Partnerships Development                  Howard University College of Dentistry
 Morehouse School of Medicine
                                                     Hubert K. Rucker, Ph.D.
 Ann R. Barbre, Ph.D., Vice Chair                    Associate Vice President for Research
 Professor                                           Office for Research
 Division of Clinical and Administrative Services    Meharry Medical College
 Xavier University of Louisiana
 College of Pharmacy
                                                     Karam F.A. Soliman, Ph.D.
                                                     Assistant Dean
 Theodore R. Bates, Ph.D.                            College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
 Interim Associate Dean
                                                     Florida A&M University
 Texas Southern University
 College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
                                                     William M. Southerland, Ph.D.
 Jillian Davis, Ph.D.                                Professor, Biochemistry
                                                     Department of Biochemistry &
 Associate Professor
                                                     Molecular Biology - Howard University
 School of Pharmacy - Hampton University

 Cesar D. Fermin, Ph.D.                              Jay Vadgama, M.D.
 Associate Dean for Research & Advanced Studies      Chief, Division of Cancer Research and Training
 College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing &           UCLA School of Medicine
 Allied Health - Tuskegee University                 Director, Molecular Oncology Program
                                                     Department of Medicine
 Krishna Kumar, MPharm, Ph.D., MPS                   Charles Drew University of Medicine & Sciences
 Professor of Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
 School of Pharmacy - Howard University

                                                    Al Frazier, J.D.
 Staff Members                                      Grants and Contracts Manager

 Phyllis R. Champion, M.A.                          Sylvia Hess
 President / CEO                                    Office Assistant / Receptionist

 Thomas Adams, M.S.W.                               Felecia Hines-Carpenter
 Director of Programs and Operations                Executive Assistant to the CEO

 Eme Anderson                                       Allison Hornbuckle
 Program Associate                                  Program Associate

 Stefanie Anderson, M.P.H.                          Breggie James, M.B.A., C.R.A.
 Director of Evaluation                             Director of Finance and Administration

 Dennis Barassa, M.P.A.                             Regina Little
 Program Assistant                                  Fiscal Affairs Coordinator

 Jill Bell, CMP                                     Jamel Slaughter, M.S.W.
 Conference and Meetings Manager                    Program Officer

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Thursday Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Keith L. Brown, “Motivator of the Millennium”

Keith L. Brown, named one of the                                                   the wedding reception of Platinum
top 50 speakers and experts in                                                     selling Artist/Producer Lil Jon, the
education today by Insight Publishing                                              Los Angeles Unified School Dis-
and one of the top 10 speakers with                                                trict, and thousands of Pupils,
International Speakers Bureau, is a                                                Educators, and Parents under his
Professional Speaker and trainer whose                                             PEP Rally plan, guaranteed to leave
keynotes and workshops enhance the                                                 “No child left behind.” Schools,
SUPER-VISION of the masses while                                                   Colleges, Universities, State/
reducing the supervision to all under                                              Federal Agencies, Foundations,
the sound of his vibrant voice.                                                    Corporations, Organizations and
Labeled special – ed, at risk, and                                                 Faith Based Institutions receive a
potential menace to society, Keith                                                 supervision after hearing Keith L.
dedicated his life to overcoming those                                             Brown and implementing his life
obstacles.                                                                         principles of Purpose.

  Today he is a member of the National Speakers Associa-           He is the author of CHITLINS (Creative, Helpful,
tion, Who’s Who in Professional Speaking, Who’s Who             Intuitive, Thoughts, Lifting Individuals, Naturally
among America’s Teachers, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity in         Seeking), co-author of Conversations on Success with
Education and Outstanding Young Men of America. The             Jack Canfield (Co-founder, Chicken Soup for the
keynotes, workshops, and seminars that Mr. Brown delivers       Soul), John Christensen (Fish Tales), and fourteen of
are guaranteed to foster team building, morale, effective       the most phenomenal individuals on the planet. He
communication, professionalism and success.                     is also a co-author of the ever evolving “303 Solutions
As one of the most sought after speakers on the planet, this    Series,” which includes three books on the following:
Renaissance man also serves as a Legislative Liaison, Profes-   Effective Communication and Getting Results,
sional Speechwriter, consultant, Philanthropist, and ener-      Boosting Creativity, and Solving Challenges and Goal
getic, enthusiastic Professional Emcee for a wide array of      Setting not Goal Sitting!!! Keith is also the author of
events.                                                         the much anticipated “not impossible/I’M
  His messages have educated, elevated, entertained and         POSSIBLE” leadership book for teens, young adults
empowered the masses nationally and globally. Some of           and families.
these venues include: Colgate/Palmolive, Kroger,                The “Motivator of the Millennium” has been featured
Starwood/Sheraton, Resorts Worldwide, Mega Fest (a              in national publications such as the Los Angeles
family event which attracts over 200,000 people annually),      Times, Chicago Sun Times, New York Newsday, to
Showtime at the Apollo, National Youth at Risk Confer-          name a few amongst thousands of other locals; he is
ence, Les Brown’s “Motivational Monday” Series, GA              humble but proud to say that he was featured speaker
Dept. of Labor, Federal TRiO Programs, Congressional            for the city of Atlanta’s relief event for “Hurricane
Black Caucus Foundation and Astra Zeneca, Idaho Drug            Katrina Survivors.
Free Youth, Sickle Cell Foundation, Jane Fonda Center/             Keith and his lovely wife Wakea, a “Teacher
Emory University, American Cancer Society, Spectrum             Development Specialist”, are the proud parents of one
Int’l Beauty Expo, Design Essentials Conference, Bronner        sensational son, Keon.
Bros. Int’l Hair Expo, Special Olympics, Brown University,

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Thursday Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Adewale Troutman, MD, Director, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness

Adewale Troutman has had a distinguished record of                 Dr. Troutman also served as the Director of the
achievement in public health education, leadership, research,   Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness in
and advocacy. Currently he is the Director of the Louisville    Atlanta, Georgia.

Metro Department of Public Health
and Wellness where he leads the                                                  He served as a senior scientist for
department’s 350 employees in the                                                Community Health and Preventive
protection, preservation and                                                     Medicine at the Morehouse School
promotion of the health ,                                                        of Medicine where he worked with
environment and well-being for the                                               former U.S. Surgeon General
country’s 16th largest city. In                                                  David Satcher on a study of racial
addition, he serves as an Associate                                              disparities in health.
Professor at the University of
Louisville School of Public Health.
                                                                                     In addition, Dr. Troutman has
    Dr. Troutman holds an M.D.                                                   also served as the Director of
from the University of Medicine and                                              Emergency Medical Services for the
Dentistry of New Jersey and an                                                   United Hospitals Medical Center
M.P.H. from the Columbia Univer-                                                 in Newark, New Jersey; as Medical
sity School of Public Health. He also                                            Director and Acting Health Officer
earned an M.A. in Black Studies from                                             of the Newark Department of
the State University of New York, and served a residency        Health and Human Services; and as Medical Director
and internship in Family Medicine at the Medical                of the North Newark Health Center.
University of South Carolina.

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Friday Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Arthur W. Fleming, MD., FACS, FCCP, Network of Ethic Physicians

Arthur W. Fleming (Art) is a native of                                           residents in the United States for
Johnson City, Tennessee, and was the                                             seven years; subsequent training for
youngest of two brothers and one sister.                                         flight surgeons and medics from
Art joined the U.S. Navy after graduat-                                          the Navy for six years; and
ing from high school to assure that he                                           established a Physician Assistant
would not be stationed in the same                                               Post -Graduate Residency Training
military unit as his two older brothers                                          Program in Surgery. He also
(in remembering the Sullivan Brothers                                            served as Vice-Chair of the
who died at sea in World War II – Art’s                                          Department of Surgery at UCLA;
oldest brother (by three years) was                                              Trauma Director at the Los
drafted into the Army and his other                                              Angeles County King-Drew
brother (two years older) joined the Air                                         Medical Center for 16 years; and
Force after finishing high school). After                                        Chief of the Division of Thoracic
four years of active military duty, Art                                          Surgery.
worked full time in cancer research                                              Currently, Dr Fleming is available

while attending night school at Wayne State University in       as a consultant for complex cardiovascular, thoracic
Detroit. He also served in the active-ready naval reserves      and trauma cases, confidential peer review, and blood
while earning his bachelor and M.D. degrees.                    conservation techniques. In addition, his involvement
    Art received his M.D. degree from the University of         is not limited to, but includes:
Michigan where he was one of three African American stu-
dents accepted into a class of 200 medical students. After      •       Chair, Region VI of the National Medical
serving as President of his sophomore, junior and senior        Association (NMA) which includes 14 states and
classes, he graduated with “distinction.” He did an intern-     Member, Board of Trustees of the NMA.
ship and residency in general surgery, followed by a resi-      •       Immediate Past-Chair, Network of Ethnic
dency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, all at the Wal-   Physician Organizations (NEPO) and NEPO’s
ter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington              Representative to the Commission to End Health Care
D.C. He then completed a Research Fellowship Program            Disparities (CEHCD).
at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).          •       Member, the Steering Committee of CEHCD
He subsequently served nine years on the staff of the Tho-      and Vice-Chair, Workforce Diversity Committee.
racic and Cardiovascular Surgery Service, rising to the rank    •       Regional Director, Doctors Back to School
of Colonel, with eligibility for promotion to General. The      Program (AMA/NMA – Diversity in the Workforce
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, in          Committee Project).
Los Angeles, California recruited Dr. Fleming as Chairman       •       Member, Board of Directors of the American
of the Department of Surgery to prepare for the first class     Trauma Society; The Educational Commission for
of medical students third year (and subsequent forth year)      Foreign Medical Graduates; and the Drew Medical
clinical rotations. During his 20 years as Chairman, he         Society.
served as the Program Director for the surgical residency
                                                                •       Serves as a mentor for minority students
program, Director of the Combat Trauma Care Training
                                                                planning to enter medicine and surgery.
Program for one-fourth of the Army’s military surgical

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Friday Luncheon Keynote Speaker
M. Joycelyn Elders, MD, The 15TH Surgeon General of the United States

The 15  th
           U.S. Surgeon General, and                                              and continues as Professor
the first African American woman to                                               Emeritus at the University of
hold that post, Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders                                            Arkansas Medical School.
is the eldest of eight children. Now a
Distinguished Professor of Public                                                     She was appointed Director of
Health at the University of Arkansas                                              the Arkansas Department of
School of Public Health and a Distin-                                             Health in 1987. While serving as
guished Professor at the Clinton School                                           director, she was elected president
of Public Policy, she never saw a                                                 of the Association of State and
physician prior to her first year in                                              Territorial Health Officers.
college. At the age of fifteen, she
received a scholarship from the United                                              Nominated as Surgeon General
Methodist Church to attend Philander-                                             of the U.S. Public Health Service
Smith College in Little Rock, AR.                                                 by President Clinton in July of
                                                                                  1993, she was sworn in on

Upon graduation at age 18, she entered the U.S. Army as a       September 8. During the Senate hearings on her con-
first lieutenant where she received training as a physical     firmation, Dr. Elders stated, “I want to change the way
therapist.                                                     we think about health by putting prevention first. I
                                                               want to be the voice and vision of the poor and power-
  Dr. Elders attended the University of Arkansas Medical       less. I want to change concern about social problems
School (UAMS) on the G.I. Bill. After graduation in 1960,      that affect health into commitment. And I would like
she was an intern at the University of Minnesota Hospital      to make every child born in America a wanted child.”
in Minneapolis and did a pediatric residency and an
endocrinology fellowship at the University of Arkansas             Dr. Elders has been active in civic affairs as a
Medical Center in Little Rock. She ascended the academic       member of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce,
ladder to full professorship after her fellowship and board    Northside YMCA and Youth Homes. She was listed
certification in 1976. She also holds a Master of Science      in “100 Outstanding Women in Arkansas”,
degree in biochemistry.                                        “Personalities of the South” and “Distinguished
                                                               Women in America”. She has won awards such as the
  Dr. Elders joined the faculty at UAMS as a professor of      Arkansas Democrat’s Woman of the Year, the
pediatrics and received board certification as a pediatric     National Governor’s Association Distinguished Service
endocrinologist in 1978. Based on her studies of growth in     Award, the American Medical Association’s Dr.
children and the treatment of hormone related illnesses, she   Nathan Davis Award, and the National Coalition of
has written many articles for medical research publications    100 Black Women’s Candace Award for Health

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 Friday Banquet Keynote Speaker
 Debbye Turner Bell, DVM, “Miss America 1990”

 Since 2001, Debbye Turner Bell has                                               Turner Bell’s beliefs reflect her
 been enjoying her role in broadcast                                              own life-lessons – it took seven
 journalism as a staff correspondent on                                           years and eleven tries in two
 CBS’ The Early Show. She covers a                                                states before she was crowned
 variety of subjects as a feature reporter,                                       Miss America.
 and is from time to time called upon to
 cover breaking and developing news.                                                Although her job at CBS takes
 As a doctor of veterinary medicine, it’s                                         her across the country, Turner
 only natural that Turner Bell was also                                           Bell has found time to serve on
 asked to do regular pet segments                                                 many local, state and national
 appropriately titled Pet Planet. These                                           boards over the years, including
 informative segments about pets and                                              the National Council on Youth
 pet care air on both The Early Show                                              Leadership, Children’s Miracle
 and the Saturday Early Show.                                                     Network, Missouri Division of
                                                                                  Youth Services and Mathews-
                                                                                  Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and
  Turner Bell joined CBS after a nearly 6-year stint as host    the National Advisory Child Health and Human
 of Show Me St. Louis, a daily, half-hour show featuring        Development Council, which is an advisory council
 interesting people and places in St. Louis, Missouri. She      to the National Institute of Child Health and
 also hosted a PBS series about pets and veterinary medicine,   Human Development, which is an institute in the
 The Gentle Doctor.                                             National Institutes of Health.

    Turner Bell’s first passion is motivational speaking.         Turner Bell graduated from the University of
 Since being crowned Miss America in 1990, Turner Bell          Missouri-Columbia in May 1991 with a Doctor of
 has spoken to more than a half million students at             Veterinary Medicine degree. She earned a Bachelor
 hundreds of schools, youth organizations and college           of Science degree in agriculture in May 1986 from
 campuses. She has addressed audiences in the corporate,        Arkansas State University. Turner Bell is married
 academic, political arenas. Her topics include personal        and lives in the New York City area with her
 excellence, determination, goal setting and the importance     husband.
 of a solid education.

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   Schedule of Events

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                                       Schedule of Events
                         Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS)
          23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions
                                                April 1-4, 2009

                                           Louisville Marriot Downtown
      “Eliminating Racial and Health Disparities by Increasing Diversity in the Health Professions Workforce”

                                     WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2009

                                               10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

                                              9:30 PM – 10:00 PM
                                           Chaperones and SAC Meeting
                                                Rose Room -2nd level

                                                8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
                                                   RAC Meeting
                                               Jockey Club -2nd level

                                                  Midnight – Curfew

                                      THURSDAY, April 2, 2009

                                                6:45 AM – 7:45 AM
                                              Marriott Ballroom Foyer

                                                8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
                                                 General Session
                                            Marriott Ballroom- Salon 1-5

                                 Presiding & Introduction of AMHPS Leaders
                                            Wayne T. Harris, MS, PhD
                                             Dean, College of Pharmacy
                                           Xavier University of Louisiana
                        Board Chair, Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.

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                                  THURSDAY, April 2, 2009

                                           William Summers
                                   Deputy Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky

                             Dr. Sidney Ribeau, President – Howard University

                              Introduction of AMHPS Leaders
                                         Susan Kelly, PhD, FAPS
                              Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

                                         Henry Lewis III, Pharm D
                           Dean, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
                                         Florida A&M University

                                       Hugh McLean, PhD, Pharm D
                                         Dean, School of Pharmacy
                                           Hampton University

                                     Beatrice Adderley-Kelly, PhD, RN
                       Dean, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
                                             Howard University

                                            Leo E. Rouse, DDS
                                         Dean, College of Dentistry
                                            Howard University

                                     Robert E. Taylor, MD, PhD,FACP
                                            Dean, College of Medicine
                                            Howard University

                                          Sandra Harris-Hooker, PhD
                   Vice-President and Associate Dean of Sponsored Research Administration
                                       Morehouse School of Medicine

                                   Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, MPH
                                         Dean, School of Medicine
                                          Meharry Medical College

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                                 THURSDAY, April 2, 2009

                                       William B. Butler, DDS, MS
                                        Dean, School of Dentistry
                                        Meharry Medical College

                                        Barbara Hayes, MS, PhD
                               Dean, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
                                       Texas Southern University

                              Tsegaye Habtemariam, DVM, MPVM, PhD,
                      Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health
                                           Tuskegee University

                                       Wayne T. Harris, MS, PhD
                                       Dean, College of Pharmacy
                                      Xavier University of Louisiana

                                       Keith L. Brown
                                  Motivator of the Millennium
                                             Song Selection
                                           Cynthia Washington
                                Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

                             Speaker Presentation and Closing Remarks
                                       Wayne T. Harris, MS, PhD
                                        Dean, College of Pharmacy
                                      Xavier University of Louisiana
                      Board Chair, Association of Minority Health Professions Schools

                                          9:00 AM –12:00 PM
                          Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.
                                         Quarterly Board Meeting
                                             Directors Only
                                             Show- 1st Level

                                          9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
                                       Marriott Ballroom – Salon 6

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                                THURSDAY, April 2, 2009

                                         9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
                                     Concurrent Workshops
                                   (See Quick-ref guide for schedule)

                                         12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
                                    Marriott Ballroom – Salon 1-5

                                   Essie Collins, Howard University

                                  Robert E. Taylor, MD, PhD,FACP
                                      Dean, College of Medicine
                                         Howard University

                                  Adewale Troutman, MD
                          Director, Louisville Department of Health
                             Speaker Presentation and Closing Remarks
                                   Robert E. Taylor, MD, PhD,FACP
                                      Dean, College of Medicine
                                          Howard University

                                          2:00 PM –5:00 PM
                                     Marriott Ballroom—Salon 6

                                          2:00 PM –4:00 PM
                                     Concurrent Workshops
                                  (See Quick-ref guide for schedule)

                                         2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
                                  Judging of Poster Presentation
                                      Marriot Ballroom –Salon 6

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                                  THURSDAY, April 2, 2009

                                           2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
                          Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.
                                         Quarterly Board Meeting
                                              Directors Only
                                             Show- 1st Level

                                           5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
                                      Muhammed Ali Center

                                        Dinner on your own
                                               See Louisville

                                           9:30 PM – 11:00 PM
                                        Apollo Variety Show
                                      Kentucky Ballroom—First level

                                            Midnight Curfew

                                     Friday, April 3, 2009

                                           6:45 AM – 7:45 AM
                                         Marriott Ballroom Foyer

                                           8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
                                            General Session
                                       Marriot Ballroom –Salon 1-5

                                     Beatrice Adderley-Kelly, PhD, RN
                       Dean, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
                                             Howard University

                          Congressman John Yarmuth—Congressional District 13

                              Arthur Fleming, MD, FACS, FCCP
                                  Network of Ethic Physicians

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                                     FRIDAY, April 3, 2009

                                Speaker Presentation & Closing Remarks
                                     Beatrice Adderley-Kelly, PhD, RN
                       Dean, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
                                             Howard University

                                           9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
                        Health Profession & Career Development Exhibit Fair
                                      Marriott Ballroom – Salon 6

                                           9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
                                       Concurrent Workshops
                                    (See Quick-ref guide for schedule)

                                           12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
                                       Marriott Ballroom Salon 1-5

                                           Leo E. Rouse, DDS
                                        Dean, College of Dentistry
                                           Howard University

                              Sandra Villegas, Bell Multicultural High School

                                 M. Joycelyn Elders, MD
                       The 15th Surgeon General of the United States
                                Speaker Presentation & Closing Remarks
                                           Leo E. Rouse, DDS
                                       Dean, College of Dentistry
                                           Howard University

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                                    FRIDAY, April 3, 2009

                                           2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
                                       Concurrent Workshops
                                     (See Quick-ref guide for schedule)

                                           6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
                                           Closing Banquet
                                       Marriott Ballroom Salon 1-5

                                       Wayne T. Harris, MS, PhD
                                        Dean, College of Pharmacy
                                      Xavier University of Louisiana
                      Board Chair, Association of Minority Health Professions Schools

                               Davon Bailey, Eleanor Roosevelt High School
                                             Greenbelt, MD

                                 Debbye Turner Bell, DVM
                          Staff Correspondent CBS The Early Show
                                     Miss America 1990
                                            Speaker Presentation
                                       Wayne T. Harris, MS, PhD
                                        Dean, College of Pharmacy
                                      Xavier University of Louisiana
                      Board Chair, Association of Minority Health Professions Schools

                                  Robert N. Black Sr. Scholarship Awards
                                        Robert N. Black, Sr., EdS
                                  Retired Sr. Administrator in Education

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                                    FRIDAY, April 3, 2009

                                     Carol B. Lewis Scholarship Award
                                         Phyllis R. Champion, MA
                                    President & Chief Executive Officer
                          Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.

                                Margie & Reed Tuckson Scholarship Award
                                       Dr, and Mrs. Reed Tuckson

                                       Poster Presentation Awards
                                     Brenda D. Hayes, DSW, MPH
                                 Director, Grant &Proposal Development
                                     Morehouse School of Medicine

                                             Closing Remarks
                                       Wayne T. Harris, MS, PhD
                                        Dean, College of Pharmacy
                                      Xavier University of Louisiana
                      Board Chair, Association of Minority Health Professions Schools

                                              Song Selection
                                           Cynthia Washington
                                 Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

                                           9:00 PM – Midnight
                                            Farewell Dance
                                            Marriott Ballroom

                                           9:30 PM – 11:00 PM
                                               SAC Meeting
                                           Rose Room -2nd level

                                           Midnight Curfew

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The 23rd Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions 51
 2009 Exhibitors
 American Academy of Physician Assistants                   Howard University – College of Dentistry
 Booth 23                                                   Booth 9
 Ms. Melia Dayeh                                            Ms. Richette Johnson
 703-836-2272, ext.3501                                     202-806-0409                                  

 American Society for Biochemistry                          Howard University – College of Medicine
 & Molecular Biology                                        Booth 5
 Booth 1                                                    Dr. Dawn Cannon
 Ms. Gail Pinder                                            202-806-6394
                                                            Howard University – College of Pharmacy,
 Association of Schools of Public Health                    Nursing & Allied Health
 Booth 26                                                   Booth 22
 Ms. Jessica Petrush                                        Ms. Terry Sconion
 202-296-1099                                               202-806-6530                                

 Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.   Meharry Medical College
 Booth 24                                                   Booth 14
 Mr. Jamel Slaughter                                        Mr. Allen Mosley
 678-904-4331                                               615-327-6223                        

 Charles Drew University of Medicine                        Morehouse School of Medicine
 and Science                                                Booth 2
 Booth 4                                                    Ms. Wanda Harvey
 Ms. Lorraine Grey                                          404-752-1842
                                                            National Library of Medicine
 Florida A&M University – College of Pharmacy and           Booth 16
 Pharmaceutical Sciences                                    Ms. Cynthia Gaines
 Booth 19                                                   301-496-3147
 Ms. Gloria James                                 

 Hampton University – School of Pharmacy
 Booth 18
 Ms. Linda Bond

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 2009 Exhibitors
 NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders &      University of Florida College of Veterinary
 Strokes                                                 Medicine
 Booth 13                                                Booth 15
 Ms. Salina Waddy                                        Dr. Louis Archbald
 301-496-3102                                            353-392-2213 ext.5641                           

 Nova Southeastern University                            University of Louisville School of Medicine
 Booth 3                                                 Booth 17
 Mr. James Lawrence, III                                 Ms. Pamela Osborne
 954-262-1114                                            502-852-5193                         

 OMHRC/NIDDK                                             University of Texas - M D Anderson Cancer
 Booth 6                                                 Center
 Ms. Mary Compton                                        Booth 11
 301-670-4990                                            Mr. Cecil Brewer                                    713-745-3035
 Texas Southern University
 College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences                   University of Toledo College of Pharmacy
 Booth 21                                                Booth 7
 Ms. La Joy Kay                                          Mr. Ben Bohland
 713-313-1880                                            419-530-4173                                

 Tuskegee University – College of Veterinary Medicine    Walgreens
 & Nursing                                               Booth 12
 Booth 20                                                Ms. Januari Lewis
 Mr. Lowri Howard-McGowan                                847-315-8238
                                                         Xavier University of Louisiana College of
 University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural   Pharmacy
 Health                                                  Booth 8
 Booth 10                                                Ms. Gwendolyn Hudson
 Ms. Pamela Bates                                        504-520-7369
 800-851-7512, ext. 83508                                                          

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                    Sponsors &

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 For being instrumental in making our Annual Symposium
 on Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and
 Health Professions a reality…our dedicated sponsors:

 Platinum                                           Bronze
 $75,000 and above                                  $1,500 - $24,999

 UnitedHealth Foundation                            Agency for Health Research Quality/USDHHS
 Office of Minority Health/USDHHS                   American Academy of Physician Assistants
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention         Assurant Health Foundation
                                                    Baxter International
                                                    Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
 Gold                                               California Healthcare Foundation
 $50,000 - $74,999                                  CVS/pharmacy
                                                    Food and Drug Administration
 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry   National Center for Environmental Health Sciences/
                                                    WellPoint Foundation and Social Responsibility

 $25,000 - $49,999                                  Special Recognition
 National Library of Medicine/NIH                   Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
                                                    Indianapolis Public Schools
                                                    Morehouse School of Medicine – National Center for
                                                    Primary Care

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 Striving to bring the best

    To our students….

        See you in

Montgomery, Alabama 2010!

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