Four University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) alumni received their medical degrees from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recently.
Dr. Randall Walker, a 2010 UAPB graduate decided to go into medicine after having witnessed firsthand the many health disparities citizens faced when he was a child. His decision became more firm during his teenage years when his maternal grandmother passed away from cancer.
“It was at that time I decided that I wanted to make a difference in the lives others through healthcare,” Dr. Walker said. “The summer of my freshman year, my decision to choose medicine as solidified when I was accepted in the Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at Howard University. It was there I witnessed firsthand how physicians can positively impact not only the patient’s physical and mental health but social, emotional, and spiritual health as well.”
Dr. Walker received his medical degree from the UAMS this semester with a specialty in family medicine. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Health from UAMS and attributes his success in medical school to his experiences at UAPB.
“The course work of the biology department provided a foundation for good study habits and skills,” said Walker. “The many internship opportunities I received through STEM also allowed me to become a well-rounded student and knowledgeable of the many opportunities in research and medicine.”
The former Student Government Association President (2009-2010) plans to pursue Family Medicine with plans to possibly fellowship in Adolescent medicine upon receiving his MPH in December this year.
Other UAPB alumni that received their medical degrees from UAMS this semester include:
Dr. Kristopher Stepps, a 2007 graduate and a proud Dollarway high school graduate. The Pine Bluff native has been admitted to the LSU School of Business Executive MBA program. After earning his MBA, Dr. Stepps will pursue residency training in Family Medicine.
Dr. Stephen Broughton, II, a 2011 graduate and Pine Bluff native, is a third generation physician behind his father and uncle, who are also UAPB/AM&N and UAMS alumni. His specialty is in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Barbara Johnson, a 2010 graduate, is a Chicago native and the first doctor in her family. Specializing in Pediatrics, Dr. Johnson was hooded by her husband, Dr. Roderick Johnson, who is an ER resident and 2014 UAMS graduate.