Senior Brian Hernandez, who is from Alabaster, Ala., decided to apply to ASMS when he realized he needed a more challenging education to prepare for the future.
“I wasn’t being challenged enough at my old school, especially in math,” Hernandez says. “So, I decided to come here to further my passion for math.”
ASMS has offered Hernandez many opportunities.
“I feel like I am actually being prepared for college not only academically, but socially,” Hernandez says. “It’s a tight-knit, but steadily growing community [ASMS]. So there’s a big focus on keeping an open mind, and always striving to be better.”
Hernandez plans to pursue a career in the medical field. He applied to a summer internship program through the Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority backgrounds (PRISM) at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). This allowed Hernandez to explore the medical field by gaining hands-on experience with doctors, medical students, and staff in the hospital.
“I worked on clinical and retrospective research,” Hernandez says. “I made a spreadsheet with correlations from different car crashes and fractures. We were able to predict how to prevent these injuries in the future. It was good because I was exposed to two sides: research and actual operations and shadowing.”
Hernandez’s favorite part of this eight-week summer program were the surgeries.
“Brain surgery was the first two weeks, and it was very cool,” Hernandez says. “I also met with UAB counselors that helped me guide my resume and plan for medical school in the future.”
The above article was written by ASMS junior Laura Van Winkle, who serves on the 2018-2019 Student Marketing Team.