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Advancing Towards Occupations in Medicine


ATOM is a group designed for students who are interested in going to professional schools in any medical field after college.  Medical school, optometry school, veterinary school, dental school are all common goals of our members.  We bring in current students, new graduates, and established graduates from the various fields to talk about their experiences and pitfalls that they encountered on their path to graduation.  We also organize community service events through out the year to help students boost their application packets.

Contact:  Dr. Kennon Deal Conger 211 (229)-391-5274

About Dr. Deal:  I grew up on a farm in lower Appling County Georgia.  I obtained my B.S. in Chemistry from Georgia Southern University and my PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Auburn University.  My research was mainly focused on microfluidic applications and designs for quantitative detection of analytes.  I was then a Post Doc at the University of Michigan where my research focused on microfluidic designs for drug discovery.  I teach General Chemistry, Quantitative and Instrumental Chemistry, and Biochemistry.  I have been teaching here at ABAC since August of 2015 and I have loved every minute of it.  On top of that, having the students ask me to be the adviser for ATOM, a group they started on their own, is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever felt.  I’m a huge fan of the sciences, agriculture, and aviation.  If I’m not teaching or in my office, you will probably find me somewhere on a tractor or at a local airport.

About the Officers:

Julia Patterson:  I grew up out in the middle of farm country, otherwise known as Doerun, Georgia. However, I know absolutely nothing about agriculture, except that its where food comes from. When I am not busy, I love watching scary movies, playing with my rambunctious puppy, and going on spontaneous road trips with my friends. I am currently working on my B.S. in Biology and applying to medical school. Growing up, I always wanted to be a doctor. I like medicine because it offers a hands-on approach to work with people and apply science. ATOM started off as a crazy idea that I wasn’t sure would work or gain interest, but it has become better than I ever imagined with the help of Dr. Deal. Being involved in ATOM has been one of the biggest highlights of my college career. I have loved watching others get involved and learn more about their future careers.

Brooke Clark:  Hi there! I’m Brooke Elise Clark, your secretary. I was born in Athens – GO DAWGS! Currently, I live in Atlanta with my momma. During the semester, I stay with my grandparents in good ole Sylvester! I also have a home in Chicago with my daddies, our two schnauzers, and our parrots. Here at ABAC, I am a senior working on my B.S. of Biology. The plan is to apply for Vet School in Fall 2017 – Wish me luck! I spend my summers catching up with family and shadowing an exotic veterinarian at the Rainforest Clinic in Florida. On a typical day, you can find me in a study room with my nose up a textbook. When I’m not stressing over tests, I’m either at Osaka or Surcheros, stuffing my face with sushi and/or a burrito! I’m excited to work with all of you this semester!

Emily Boyd:  Hi! I’m Emily Boyd. I’m 20 years old and I don’t even know where to begin to tell you where I’m from. I was born in Japan, raised in Turkey, spent my pre-teen years in Japan (second time living there), and finally settled in Small-Town, USA—also known as Nashville, Georgia—at the age of 12. But long story short I say I’m from Nashville because this is where my parents are from and I’ve lived here the longest. My favorite thing to do is read; I have two bookshelves that barely fit in my room full of books that I’ve read at least ten times or some not at all (it’s a problem, I know). I’ve worked at the USDA with a Nematologist doing science things with nematodes since 2014. I’m currently working on getting my B.S. in Biology and I have no idea what I’m doing after I graduate. Maybe I’ll be a bum like my dad loves to joke about.


Betelehem Woldemariam: A little about me: I was born in Germany, raised in Ethiopia, and I’m currently living in America (safe to say traveling is in my blood). I’ve wanted to become a doctor since I was a child. It wasn’t until high school that I realized I wanted to be a Pediatrician. I love kids and working with them, so why not make a profession out of that? I’m currently a senior working towards my bachelor’s degree in Biology. I’m applying to medical school to attend in Fall 2018 and applying to graduate school to get my master’s degree in Biomedical science, in case I’m not accepted into medical school. I might be the biggest Harry Potter, Walking Dead, and Grey’s Anatomy fan ever; so come talk to me about them for hours! Besides being a busy bee in the world of being a bio. major, I’m also an avid reader. My dad taught me from a young age that “books are your best friends because they’ll never betray you” and so my addiction of books began. I hope to get to know all of you this year as we do amazing things in this club!

Upcoming meetings and events:

October 19th, 2017: October Meeting , Environmental Horticulture, Room 131, 6:30 pm

October 21st, 2017:  Blackshear Animal Shelter

November 16th, 2017:  November ATOM Meeting.  HORT 131 @ 6:30 pm.  Guest speaker via Skype, Dr. Horace Deal. (my uncle!!)  Optometrist in Statesboro, GA

November 18th, 2017:  Habitat for Humanity

We will meet at 7:15 am at the Lab Sciences parking lot and car pool to Valdosta.

Previous Community Outreach:

Habitat for Humanity









Hay Bale Competition