Berry Grad pursues her passion of caring for adult cancer patients
Anna-Carson Uhelski (Class of 2014) will graduate from the University of Tennessee Health Center College of Medicine at the end of May 2019. She is on her way to achieving her dream job of being an oncologist working with adult cancer patients.
Anna-Carson was a biochemistry and Spanish double major and a member of the honors program. During her time here at Berry, she participated in research with Associate Professor of Chemistry Dominic Qualley and served as a research assistant in his lab. This opportunity showed Anna-Carson how much she enjoyed research and prepared her for post-grad efforts in biochemistry.
“I grew academically and discovered that I wanted to be a physician. I grew spiritually and still am in contact with my Bible study leader, Pamela Bissonette. I grew in my independence and spent two months in Costa Rica and four months in Scotland,” Anna-Carson says. “Going into medical school, I knew who I was and what I stood for and that’s partly due to Berry professors and faculty pushing me past my comfort zone and encouraging me to do things I never thought I could do.”
She received the Dr. Charles Scott Markle Award, given to a senior who has been accepted to medical school and the Walter Oliver Pendley Award, given to a rising senior with outstanding promise in premedical studies. “I was humbled to receive those awards and still feel so honored that I was selected. I still strive to live up to what those awards represent: competence and compassion in medicine,” she says.
Berry friends and professors still encourage her as she continues to pursue her medical endeavors at the Johns Hopkins Osler Internal Medical Program in Baltimore, Maryland, for the next three years.
To Anna-Carson, Berry will always feel like home. “This closeness within Berry allows for strong relationships and through these relationships I was pushed to my limits and discovered I wanted to go to medical school to become a physician.”
Story by senior Jordan Roach and junior Shannon Rainey