Students Follow Pathway Trailblazed by Alumna

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
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L-R: Dr. Mildred Jefferson, Miss Ashley Patterson, Miss Asia Brown, and Miss Mabebe Kuka

Over 72 years ago, Dr. Mildred Jefferson, a 1945 trailblazing Alumna of Texas College, earned her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree, becoming the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. Today, three female students are following the pathway to careers in medicine that she helped to forge.

Asia Brown, Ashley Patterson, and Mabebe Kuka have all three been accepted into the Early Assurance Program, also known as the Pathways to Medicine program. This newly formed partnership between Texas College and the UT Tyler School of Medicine provides Texas College students the opportunity to engage in high-caliber preparation for medical school, as well as the admission process. The curriculum includes experiential learning, professional development, panel discussions, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparation, volunteer opportunities, clinical exposure, and physician shadowing. The program is currently underway, as students regularly meet on Fridays to practice taking the MCAT and individually review with advisors. Congruently, the students have also had the opportunity to attend seminars, as well as grand rounds, continuing medical education presentations for current physicians. Learn more about each student below.

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