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As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re pleased to spotlight female leaders at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. We caught up with Ms. Jen Blakelidge, Assistant Professor/Senior Lecturer in Clinical Skills for AUC’s UK Track MD Program, to learn more about her teaching position and interests outside of the classroom.
AS WE CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE'RE SPOTLIGHTING AUC FACULTY AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT THEIR PATHWAYS TO MEDICINE. IN THIS PERSONAL REFLECTION, DR. CECIL W. CONE II, PROFESSOR OF PATHOLOGY AND THIRD SEMESTER LEAD, SHARES HIS JOURNEY TO BECOME A PHYSICIAN AND HOW HE DISCOVERED HIS PASSION FOR PATHOLOGY.
AS WE CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE'RE SPOTLIGHTING AUC FACULTY AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT THEIR PATHWAYS TO MEDICINE. IN THIS PERSONAL REFLECTION, DR. NATALIE HUMPHREY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, SHARES HER JOURNEY TO BECOME A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, THE CHALLENGES SHE’S SURMOUNTED ALONG THE WAY, AND HER DRIVE TO INSPIRE OTHERS.
As we celebrate Black History Month, we're spotlighting AUC faculty and learning more about their pathways to medicine. Meet Dr. Margaret Colden, AUC Professor of Physiology and Course Director, Physiology I, who was the first Black individual to earn a PhD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1986.
Dr. Hayden is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his emergency medicine residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He attained his doctorate in education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Memphis, TN. His career in emergency medicine extended over 26 years in a variety of settings: rural and urban hospitals, university medical centers, and single as well as large group practices.
Dr. Gautam Ullal has been teaching neuroscience at AUC since November 2016, and serves as the 4th Semester Lead and Course Director for Neuroscience. He obtained his medical degree (MBBS) from St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India, and earned his PhD in neurosurgery at Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan. Before coming to AUC, Dr. Ullal taught at medical schools in India, Canada, and Nevis (West Indies). His primary field of research has been epilepsy, and he has received several awards in research and medical education.
From surveying mate recognition of isopod crustaceans in the Antarctic to studying lobster olfactory receptor cells in Florida, Dr. Mike Michel has traveled the world in pursuit of the biological sciences. Those experiences have shaped a life as colorful and vibrant as the tropical t-shirts he so often sports around AUC’s campus. We sit down with AUC’s Professor of Physiology to hear more about his career and his favorite parts of teaching in Sint Maarten.
Ravindra Beedimani, MBBS, MD, has been a part of AUC’s faculty on and off for nearly a decade. After starting as Associate Professor of Pharmacology in 2007, he was asked to chair the department and serve as course director from 2011-2013. After a 5-year teaching position with Kamineni Academy of Medical Sciences and Research Center in India, rejoined AUC’s faculty in September 2018 as Professor of Pharmacology. His teaching interests include clinical pharmacokinetics, endocrine pharmacology, cancer chemotherapy, and antimicrobial agents.
Dr. Colden earned her PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Institute, where she also served as a Research Physiologist.
Dr. Chobanyan received her MD with highest honors designation from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia, her PhD in Oncology from Moscow Medical Academy, and her Doctor of Medical Sciences from All-Union Cancer Research Center from the Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow. She has more than 20 years of practice experience in surgical oncology, medical oncology, diagnostic and internal medicine in Europe. As a professor of clinical medicine at AUC, Dr. Chobanyan develops students’ clinical skills through ICM small group teaching classes. She also established and now directs the university’s Clinical Medicine Fellowship program, which connects AUC graduates with clinical research and teaching projects in Sint Maarten. Their work has included novel studies on breast abnormalities and type 2 diabetes in Caribbean populations.