University of the Cumberlands Class of 2010
Chemistry Major, Biology and Mathematics Minors
Hometown: Barbourville, Kentucky
Parents: David and Deloria Faulkner
Awards: Presidential Honors Research, Summa Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar, Munroe Memorial Award Recipient, Berger Scholarship Award
"Currently, I am attending the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and anticipate graduation in May 2014. I am undecided on which specialty I may choose, but have experienced a change of heart and am considering becoming an anesthesiologist, hospitalist, or emergency medicine physician. Continuing with the them of service instilled in me at UC, I have recently served Thanksgiving Dinner to the needy at the East 7th Street Community Center, sponsored a UK Pediatrics DanceBlue Family, and have participated in numerous drives and fundraisers throughout Lexington. This spring, my class anticipated a Habitat for Humanities home build. I also serve as Medical Alumni Class Representative and, with the help of a few classmates, am planning the first annual UKCOM Golf Scramble to raise money for this spring's Hispanic Health Fair. I anticipate doing some mission work this summer.
UC's Chemistry Department did an excellent job in preparing for medical school. Most people choose biology as their major when considering a career in medicine, but I feel I was wise in choosing chemistry instead. If one can understand the chemical mechanisms of the human body, then understanding the pathological conditions that result in disease is so much easier because nearly all diseases are caused by some error in the body's chemistry. By truly grasping how things are supposed to be, it is much, much easier to identify when things go a rye and therefore extrapolate the implications on the human conditions. Chemical bond making and breaking may seem like minutia, but can have far and ranging effects on the body.”