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Brianna Rader

College Scholars


Brianna Rader is a senior in the College Scholars major program. She seeks to broaden the traditional pre-med path by  studying the non-scientific aspects of medicine, i.e. the human condition through courses such as bioethics, medieval medicine, public health, etc. During the 2012 mini-term she went to Tokyo, Japan with her fellow Haslam Scholars. Her major allowed her to study abroad for a full semester, and during her sophomore year she travelled to Pune, India where she studied public health, film, and social justice. In India, Brianna completed a short documentary on hijras and what it means to be queer in India called ""That's Okay."" The four months she spent in India confirmed her idea to seek an MD-MPH. The additional public health degree will help her to have a population view of medicine and allow her to make a larger global impact.

Last summer, Brianna was accepted to Yale's Interdisciplinary Bioethics Summer Institute program. This highly selective program allowed her to learn more about bioethics, public health, and other topics such as narrative medicine, care for the dying, law and medicine, etc.

Brianna presented an abstract on concussion research at the Southeast Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine in early 2012 and assisted in writing an article for Southern Medical Journal about concussion diagnosis and management that was recently published. Brianna has been working in Dr. Jon Wall's lab at The University of Tennessee Medical Center since June 2012. The lab is in the Human Immunology and Cancer Program, and the research is on amyloid-associated disorders.

Brianna divides her time among courses, lab research, several extracurricular activities, and studying for the MCAT. She plans on applying to a five-year MD-MPH program during her senior year. Her major extracurricular is SEAT (Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee). She co-founded the organization and the initiative of Sex Week, which aims to foster a comprehensive and academically-informed conversation about sex, sexuality, and relationships with the purpose of educating the student body and community through innovative, collaborative, and entertaining programming and events. The second annual Sex Week is taking place this year.