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Dr. Masheika James, a second-year medical student at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently was awarded the National Medical Fellowships Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics.
The annual $5,000 scholarship is awarded to two underrepresented minority medical students who have a passion for pediatrics with an emphasis in nutrition, as demonstrated through leadership and volunteer activities.
Dr. James credits her participation in the Ronald E. McNair Summer Research Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for igniting her interest in both pediatrics and nutrition. Under the mentorship of two UAB neonatologists, Dr. James said she garnered a passion not only for pediatric research, but also for an academic career in pediatric medicine.
She gained additional experience in the field of pediatrics and nutrition while working as a data analyst at the Newborn Follow-Up (NBFU) clinic in Birmingham, Ala. “Interacting with these sick infants, who had a range of issues from underdeveloped lungs to motor development delays, sparked an interest that I have pursued throughout my graduate career and now in my determination to become a pediatrician,” she said.
Dr. James earned her undergraduate degree in biology at UAB, where she also completed her master’s degree and Ph.D. She is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of Mobile, and has prior memberships with the American Thoracic Society, Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Association for Women in Science and the Southern Society of Pediatric Research.
Dr. James serves as co-chair of the community and volunteer service student organization for the sophomore class at the USA College of Medicine and is an active member of the Junior League of Mobile.
Dr. James said the scholarship will provide the support she needs to achieve her ultimate goal of pursuing an academic career in pediatrics with continued participation in translational research.
The Gerber Foundation has been funding scholarships with National Medical Fellowships since 1991. Learn more about NMF here.
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