International Student Spotlight: Jelani McPhee, MD

January 15, 2015

A recent alumnus, Dr. Jelani McPhee ’09, MD, has returned to Saint Leo University to study for an MBA. He first came to Saint Leo from the island of St. Lucia to earn an undergraduate degree in biology, knowing that he wanted to go to medical school. He flourished at Saint Leo, and particularly enjoyed being part of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

He went on St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada and graduated in in 2014, and would like to have a private medical practice one day. Dr. McPhee reasoned that an MBA would help him run the practice more astutely. He decided to return to Saint Leo to pursue the business degree before diving into the medical residency he must also complete as part of his medical education.

Dr. McPhee’s return to Saint Leo has been a great benefit to to current science undergraduates. The doctor now works part-time at the Learning Resource Center as a tutor for upper-level science courses, and is role model and inspiration for undergraduates. He recently offered the following guidance to students who come to Saint Leo to study biology, which is the flagship program in the School of Arts and Sciences.

“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!”