A family member’s unfortunate medical diagnosis was a powerful moment in Burton Tabaac’s life, who was eight at the time. That defining experience was a catalyst to pursuing a medical career and, today, Burton received news that he will begin a Neurology residency position at George Washington University.

“From the moment I first learned of my loved one's illness and began to comprehend how declining health can affect a person and those around them, I chose to dedicate my life to the study of medicine,” said Mr. Tabaac. 
Before becoming a physician-in-training at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), Mr. Tabaac was an undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in behavioral neuroscience at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. During his time there, Mr. Tabaac immersed himself in the field of sciences and also took an interest in research.
“By diving into a behavioral neuroscience research program, I was exposed to the complexity of research and its potential impact.” Mr. Tabaac also developed his own research project which has implications for understanding obesity and eating disorders. The study, titled, Signals that link energy to reproduction: Gastric fill, bulk intake, or caloric intake?, was published in the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society’s Physiology & Behavior journal.
Tabaac was able to further develop his research skills at AUC. Together with Kathlene Shupe, Ph.D., chair of the microbiology and immunology department, and Fernando Gomez, M.D., professor of pathology, Tabaac researched the possible presence of microorganisms on cadavers and the potential for contamination on clothing and laboratory equipment.
He credits the direct interaction with faculty is what led to his research project. “It was clear that the main priority of our professors was teaching,” recalls Mr. Burton.  
While completing his clinical rotations at AUC-affiliated hospitals throughout the United States, Mr. Tabaac found that collaborating with fellow students, residents and attending physicians made his experience richer.
“Medicine is a team sport, and the field grows stronger when we work together. I have gained tremendous knowledge and exposure by listening to the experts I have had the privilege of rotating with,” noted Mr. Tabaac. “Those were the moments I cherished and they reaffirmed my purpose.
 “AUC has served as the perfect pathway to my dream of becoming a doctor.”

Tiara Brewster

Posted March 21, 2014 02:55 PM

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