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“I entered UAPB raw and unformed. UAPB took me up in its cocoon and transformed me to a thriving butterfly, ready for life. The opportunities that were afforded to me at UAPB were beyond my wildest dreams. I will never forget, and I will always give back to my alma mater!”

Her advice to upcoming science students is to have them determine what they want and what goals they want to achieve. Whether the subject is pre-medical, pharmacy, or research, take the classes and get into the programs that will expose them to areas of interest early. She also recommends high school students to take advantage of science programs that are available. For college students, she said getting a mentor is a must. “At UAPB, Dr. Anissa Buckner, Dr. Matute, Dovie Burl, Dr. Jewell Walker, Dr. Carolyn Blakely, Dr. Sederick Rice, Dr. Vaughn and Dr. Mary Brentley were all mentors to me in different ways,” Childress said. “I went to different people and got advice for different areas and different times in my life. I don’t believe in just one mentor. For example, Vivian Flowers at the UAMS Diversity office has also mentored me.” “I found Ms. Childress to be a dedicated and resolved individual that had endured great struggles, but never lost her will and desire to become a world renowned heart surgeon,” said Dr. Sederick Rice, professor of Biology. “She is patient, diligent, highly 34

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motivated, skilled, resilient, and most importantly faithful to her belief system in God and his grace, power, and majesty as a support system for her personal and career goals.” goals for life “My goals 10 years from now are to still be in residency because it takes five to seven years past medical school,” she said confidently. “My ultimate goal is to become U.S. Surgeon General and follow in the footsteps of Dr. Joycelyn Elders (the first African American U.S. Surgeon General) and Dr. Regina Benjamin.” Childress said the Surgeon General’s position would allow her to implement programs to make sure Americans are healthy, receive the proper vaccinations and have quality health care. That theory has led her into an interest in international health and medicine, which obviously leads her to medical school. However, by July 2012 she had not been accepted to medical school, yet. In August 2012, a door that she was beginning to think was closed had finally opened when Ross University School of Medicine at Dominica, West Indies (Caribbean Island) accepted Childress into medical school. “School

A lover of science and passionate about improving quality of life, Quiana is pictured doing research inside a labatory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas.

officials told me that they were confident that my life experiences and determination would drive me to successfully complete their medical school curriculum and become a highly skilled physician. I became re-energized! Finally, my dream was becoming a reality!” The positive part about being in medical school in the Caribbean is that it will introduce her to another health care system. The U.S. is one of the top developed countries, but the poorest in health, according to Childress. “If we look at health care in different countries, then we can see how it works for them and gather ideas – pool from others to greatly improve our system and learn what does and does not work. We’ll not only receive or learn from other countries, but also we will share our knowledge with them.” “I know my research will take me far. The issues of health are transcontinental – they benefit the whole world. It would be selfish to focus on issues only affecting the United States. Most countries all have some of the same issues, they’re just packaged differently.” Childress said her UAPB college experience prepared her for her future.

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