UHV alumnus works his way into medical school
Aug. 18, 2012 at 3:18 a.m.
While studying at the University of Houston-Victoria, Brian Russ spent his nights as an emergency medical technician and his days poring over biology and chemistry books.
This month, Russ, 22, began taking classes at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo. He is studying to become an emergency room physician.
Russ said the classes in biology and chemistry he took at UHV helped prepare him for medical school. He appreciated the convenience of online classes and having faculty and resources nearby at UH Sugar Land, where UHV offers many of the programs.
"I don't think I could have worked as much as I did if I attended any other university," Russ said. "UHV did a great job preparing me for this. As a result, I think I may be ahead of some of my classmates."
Russ started out as a hospital volunteer when he was 16, and later worked as an emergency medical technician for four years at Memorial Hermann in Houston.
"Sometimes, I worked 70 hours a week at the hospital to help put me through college," Russ said.
Russ said Richard Gunasekera, a UHV professor of biology and director of graduate biology programs, not only helped him in the classroom, but also wrote a recommendation letter for medical school for him.
"A number of UHV faculty members assisted me in getting here," Russ said.
Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts & Science, said he's glad Russ was able to get started with medical school right away.
"Brian clearly has a bright future ahead of him," Di Leo said. "We are proud of what he has accomplished and are excited to follow his career."