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Aspiring bio-med researcher is college bound

By: Tangerine Clarke

There is no doubt that the way forward is paved with nothing but success for Andrew Hillman. The brilliant young Guyanese American scholar is readying himself to take the Medical College Admissions Test to attend medical school in 2011, where he will study orthopedic and biomechanical research.

With his sights set on attending the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, or Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, said he developed a strong love for research and the possibilities it offers of bringing something new to the world.

This extraordinary thinking at such a young age was the stepping-stone to Hillman’s quick entry into a research lab where he worked alongside noted biochemist Professor Ya Ching Hung.

Born in Guyana, to parents Lawrence and Farida Hillman, the aspiring young man is adamant that future patients in the United States and abroad are depending on him to succeed in the medical profession.

A recent graduate with a BA degree from the Department of Family Nutrition and Exercise Science of Queens College, Hillman’s hard work and dedication to medical science landed him a spot in the Minority Access to research Careers U-Star program that is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

This program gave Hillman the push he – like other students who are under-represented in the sciences – needed to participate in mentored research initiatives that can lead to careers in the biochemical and behavioral sciences.

The opportunities were endless for this studious young man who benefitted from two senior years of undergraduate training, that included spending summers interning at leading American and international research institutes.

Hillman, a gifted and phenomenal youngster who attended one of the Guyana most prestigious boys high school – St. Stanislaus College, received a fellowship to study in the pediatric gastroenterology department at Weill Cornel Medical College. While where, he assisted principal investigator Dr. Aeri Moon in research that examine the relationship between bile induced gastropathy and obesity in children.

A talented to be reckoned with, Hillman continued to excel in every area of study, as a leader and well rounded student. His international work includes studies at the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand where he took part in cardiovascular research under Dr. Michelle Williams, a well-known epidemiologist.

A recent winner of the Pre-Med Student of the Research Presentation Award from the Student National Medical Association Conference in Chicago, Hillman stunned professionals when he was named the student with the highest score, both in the undergraduate, and the MD/PhD categories.

His presentation demonstrated how intensive bimanual training could help children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy improve their coordination and motor functions.

Co-founder of the Queens College chapter of the Minority Association of Pre-Med Students (MAPS) Hillman was honored with the National Maps Chapter of the Year for his exceptional work.

Called a natural teacher and role model by Queens College, Hillman tutored students in chemistry for the Beta Delta Chi Chemistry Honor Society and mentored young students for Project Excel, as part of the City of University of New York Male Initiative. His focus was also to recruit members for the Black Men’s Focus Group, a college support group that helps male students of color deal with life, school, and social relationships.

A young man with inherent determination and talent, and one who is passionate about serving his community, worked with the college administration to development new initiatives to attract and retain under-represented minority students. In addition, Hillman volunteered as a physician’s aide with Health & Education Relief for Guyana (HERG) – a non-profit organization – for two years, where he monitored blood pressure and blood sugar levels and helped pharmacists dispense medication during medical missions to Guyana.

The future doctor called Director of Minority Affairs, Maureen Pierce-Anyan, his mentor, and his reason for staying at Queens College, adding that the professor guided him throughout his academic career, pointes him in the right direction, and helped him with his application process.

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