January 28, 2014
Mr. Alexander Kiser, of Calgary, Alberta, has been awarded the Dean’s Award of Merit Scholarship by the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). The scholarship, in the amount of USD $10,000 recognizes students who come to AUC with exceptional academic achievements and a demonstrated commitment to service.
“Applicants to AUC are bright and ambitious, and attuned to the impact they can make by becoming physicians who are engaged with their community through service,” said Heidi Chumley, MD, executive dean and chief academic officer of AUC. “These scholarships are designed to recognize and support future physician leaders, and Alexander is a deserving recipient.”
Mr. Kiser’s interest in the medical field grew with his exposure to health care through volunteer opportunities in his native Canada and Ghana. While pursuing a degree in medical sciences at the University of Western Ontario, he volunteered at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, Canada. This experience motivated him to seek international volunteer experience in Ghana. There, he worked with other volunteers at a rural disability center, and assisted with HIV awareness.
“My time in Ghana inspired my desire to travel and participate in global health initiatives. It also influenced my desire to attend AUC where I can learn in a supportive environment with students from around the world and gain a global perspective,” said Mr. Kiser.
As a first semester physician-in-training, Mr. Kiser’s involvement with community outreach has already begun. “I’ve volunteered with the iCan Foundation, participating in the beach day activities with children from their foster home,” he shared. “As I adapt to the rigors of medical school, I look forward to playing a greater role in the many outreach opportunities available through AUC.”