Historically Black Albany State University in Georgia has created the Undergraduate Health Science Academy to better prepare students for careers in medical and healthcare fields. The first cohort of 20 students in the program was established this fall. The university aims to increase the number of students participating in the academy in the future.
The academy is designed to prepare students for medical school while providing additional support during their undergraduate years. UHSA students receive success coaching, mentee opportunities, and professional development programs that will strengthen their academic foundation and candidacy for graduate programs. Professional development opportunities will include individualized success planning and advisement, MCAT and test-taking preparation, job shadowing, and volunteer opportunities.
John Williams, a professor of biology at Albany State Univerity, stated that “this is a major step in the process of building a strong reputation for pre-health and pre-medical training. Our scholars deserve to be fully supported in their efforts, and the UHSA is one of many investments that we can make to provide that support.”
Dr. Williams is a graduate of Albany State University, where he majored in biology. He holds a Ph.D. in cellular biology from Florida State University.