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Alum works with acclaimed doctor

Kate Jones

Kate Jones' scholastic achievement and interest in science afforded her the opportunity to take notes from the doctor with "gifted hands", world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Jones is enrolled at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine physician assistant program in Winston Salem, N.C. She is currently in the process of completing 10 month-long rotations, to help her determine a specialty. She recently finished a rotation with Carson in pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

"He has been an inspiration to me all throughout my undergraduate years," Jones said. "He's known for being more than a great doctor but also a great person.  He makes time for motivational speaking and reaching out to underprivileged communities."

Student rotations at Johns Hopkins are not unusual, but working alongside Dr. Carson and his staff is a rare privilege Jones was fortunate enough to experience.

"It was an intense month, but still very exciting," she said.

Jones sharpened her skills as a motivated science scholar during her years at Grand Valley. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and named the health science student of the year in 2005. She said she felt well prepared for her master's program and gives high regards to her Grand Valley education.

"I was very fortunate to have supportive, well-educated, and passionate professors," Jones said. "I still use a lot of what I learned then, today."

Since graduating from Grand Valley in 2005, Jones has become a member of the American Academy of Clinical Anatomists. She also has been involved in research published in the professional journal, Obesity and cited in a variety of health magazines such as Men's Health and Fitness.  

Jones has been elected honor marshall for the graduating class of 2007 at Wake Forest and is looking forward to starting her career in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery (performing heart surgery on infants).

by Jazmine Steele

This story was filed with the tags: Impressive Internships, Top Graduate School, Undergraduate Alumni