status: Now earning the MBA at Saint Leo
University to prepare for an eventual future in private medical
practice. Plans to pursue his medical residency after completing
his MBA. In the meantime, he is also tutoring current science
undergraduates at the Learning Resource Center.
Tell us what you have been doing since earning your
After I graduated from Saint Leo, I worked at a microbiology lab
institute on my island (St. Lucia) for six months. Then I applied
for St. George's University School of Medicine (Grenada), where I
pursued my doctorate of medicine and graduated on June 14, 2014. I
also returned to my island in July and volunteered in the Windward
Island Games as the sports medicine assistant doctor.
Can you explain the medical board exams that you
have taken and will take?
I have taken two board exams thus far. The first was the U.S.
Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, which tests your
knowledge of the basic sciences and your first two years of medical
school. Passing allows you to begin your clinical rotations. The
second was the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills exam, which is also
taken midway in your clinicals to see if you have mastered the
hands-on part of medicine. I plan to take the USMLE Step 2 Clinical
Knowledge early in the new year, which is the final set of boards
that open the way for you to qualify for U.S. medical
How has your Saint Leo degree prepared you for your
career so far?
My undergraduate degree prepared me to study long hours and
enabled me to have a grasp of the essential sciences, and a
snapshot into the reality of medicine. My undergraduate years at
Saint Leo disciplined me and helped me to develop that work
What is your most cherished memory of your time at
My favorite memory of Saint Leo was attaining Dr. Williams’
General Chemistry Prize for excellence, along with pledging one of
the greatest fraternities, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., which
is based on achievement in every field of human endeavor. This
provided the stepping stone for my success. My final best memory
was attaining the Senior of the Year 2009 Award. I loved the Saint
What advice would you like to offer current biology
My advice for current students would be to try your best to put
in careful studying, appreciate all the principles of the sciences,
and aim for excellence yet remain humble in everything that you do.
Everything that happens after Saint Leo is a giant step into the
matrix of a world we live in. Every student should try to maintain
at least a 3.2 GPA, score high on entrance exams such as the MCAT
or GRE, and get very strong letters of recommendation. Always
remember, a winner never quits and a quitter never wins!