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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Scholarships Help Student Begin New Career Path in Medicine

January 27, 2015

Seeking a new career, Brandee Pemberton, RN, joined Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in January 2015 receiving the Dean’s Academic Merit, Career Advancement and Alumni Legacy scholarship awards. Brandee was nominated for the alumni award by RUSM graduate Kolby Voight, MD, Class of 2011.

Working eight years in intensive care units (ICU) throughout Texas, Brandee gained invaluable experiences. On one of her nursing assignments, Brandee was recognized for noticing signs of “imminent respiratory failure and was instrumental in facilitating an emergent intubation.” It’s Brandee’s meaningful exposure to the medical field that has positioned her for a rich experience at RUSM.

Brandee’s pursuit of a medical career can be traced back to when four friends were in a tragic automobile accident caused by a drunk driver. A teenager, Brandee remained at the bedside of two of her friends who survived the crash. Extremely appreciative and impressed with the medical team who provided care, she was left with an indelible impact on her perspective of medicine.

“I had learned my first lesson in medicine,” says Brandee. “After watching many grueling days of the medical personnel placing my best friends’ lives in front of their own, medicine does not always prevail. That was a pivotal experience that confirmed my decision to pursue medicine as a career.”

Brandee obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2006. She also received a number of accolades throughout her undergraduate career, including the Dean’s List at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Also, she was voted by UTSA’s Physics and Biochemistry department to participate in the Supplemental Student Instructor Program. 

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