APRIL FRATER, M.D.
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APRIL FRATER, M.D.

Class of 2018

 

Family Medicine Residency

Tuscaloosa College of Community Health Sciences, Alabama

 

Dr. April Frater is proof that “nontraditional” students can become physicians. She didn’t even think about becoming an M.D. until age 26. Now, the native Canadian has started a Family Medicine residency at Tuscaloosa College of Community Health Sciences in Alabama.

 

The Class of 2018 UMHS graduate is happy she decided to study at UMHS because, as she explained, “Attending medical school in the Caribbean has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

 

Dr. Frater was already working in medicine when she decided to become an M.D. She trained to become a Medical Laboratory and X-ray Technologist and worked for about eight years at a hospital in her hometown of Kipling, Saskatchewan in Canada.


“I would come up with my own diagnosis for fun and then discuss with the doctor what I thought the diagnosis was and discuss their plan,” she said. “They would humor me and let me have my own fun. One particular doctor I worked with noticed that I was pretty good at ‘playing doctor’ and suggested I attend medical school. His suggestion kind of blew me away because not once in my life had I considered that. Once he said that to me, the thought never left my head, and here I am now having completed medical school and about to start residency.”

 

Of all the reasons why she enjoyed medical school at UMHS so much, Dr. Frater noted that the faculty made all the difference in the world. She praised professors both in St. Kitts and at the clinical program in Portland, Maine, calling them all “amazing.”

 

To learn more about how UMHS helped Dr. Frater go from “playing doctor” to actually becoming one, click here for her full story.

 

“BIOCHEMISTRY PROFESSOR DR. PRAKASH MUNGLI AND NEUROSCIENCE PROFESSOR DR. MICHAEL DOHERTY WERE ESPECIALLY AMAZING AS THEY NOT ONLY WERE EXCELLENT AT TEACHING BUT SPENT TIME WITH STUDENTS DOING EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES LIKE HIKING IN THE RAINFOREST AND ART THERAPY CLASS.”

 

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