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We were so happy to host many Charlotte area students during our Virtual Academic Advantage event on April 21. Our featured speakers gave an overview of what it took for them to become the medical professionals they are today, while our counselor gave practical advice for the next steps students should take, including college research and applications. We also awarded one student with a $500 scholarship.

The resources below are designed to help students continue on the path to becoming a healthcare professional. The entire presentation is available as a video to review or watch for the first time if you were unable to join us. We also have the presentation slides and links to learn more about local colleges, universities, community organizations, and nonprofits.


Chris Abernathy, DMD

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Danielle Gill, DMD

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Smith Ann Chisholm, MD

Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Carla M. Bridges, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellow at Shriners Hospital for Children – Portland, Oregon

Kayla Smith, MD

Plastic Surgeon at TriHealth, Cincinnati

Phillip Chisholm, MD

Assistant Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin

George Burhans, CRNA, MSN

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Burhans Healthcare, PLLC; Atrium Health; and Lake Norman Anesthesia Associates

Jenny Carr, M.Ed. and MSW

Career Development Coordinator

Ms. Oyedepo

College Advisor