JaBrea Collins accepted into the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Summer Health Professions Education Program

For Alcorn State University sophomore JaBrea Collins, acquiring valuable knowledge in the medical field is key to her future career in medicine. This is why she was thrilled when she found out she had been accepted into a summer program that would enhance her skills.

JaBrea will attend the Summer Health Professions Education Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) during the summer. The six-week program will begin Monday, June 5.

UAB has partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and 12 other schools to increase diversity in health professions by recruiting and preparing underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students for successful educational experiences and careers in health care. The program will expose scholars to a combination of clinical exposure, shadowing and professional experiences.

Being accepted into the program is a big step for JaBrea’s future as a student and professional. She feels honored to have the opportunity to further her learning.

“I felt very excited and happy once I learned I had been accepted into the program,” said JaBrea, a biology major. “I knew that a lot of individuals were trying to get in as well, and for me to become one of those people is a blessing and wonderful opportunity.”

JaBrea’s mother, Kenisha Potter ’00, is the reason she pursued career enhancing summer programs. JaBrea said that the program at UAB is the perfect opportunity for her to expand her knowledge.

“She told me that I needed something to do this summer, so I figured it would be a good idea to find something that would help my career in the long run. After that, I started searching for different programs and I came across this particular opportunity. I knew that I needed hands on learning and felt that this would be the best way to get it.”

Besides being active in the medical field, JaBrea is looking forward to forming bonds with others while showcasing the University.

“I’m looking forward to the hands-on experience and learning about different jobs in the medical field. I’m also excited to meet new people and show them what I’m capable of. Great representation of Alcorn is important to me.”

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