AUGUST 5, 2009

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Evans Launches Medical Career With USAO Science Degree

Photo of Dr. Grant Evans, USAO alumnus.
Dr. Grant Evans, a captain in the United States Army and a third year urology resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, credits his liberal arts education from USAO as his foundation for his career choice. "I think USAO does an outstanding job of preparing individuals to be very successful in whatever career they choose but especially if they choose to go into some kind of scientific field like medicine or dentistry," Evans said.

In the U.S. Army, they call him captain. In the medical profession, they call him doctor. On the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, they call him alum and friend.

Describing his decision to come to USAO as "one of the best decisions I ever made," Dr. Grant Evans continues to sing the praises of his Chickasha alma mater. He is a 2003 graduate of the college.

Evans is a captain in the United States Army and a third- year urology resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He also is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Evans credits his liberal arts education from USAO as the firm foundation for his career choice.

"I think the experiences I got at USAO in interdisciplinary studies help a lot. In fact, when I interviewed for a residency at Duke University one of my interviewers asked 'why are the Indian tribes in Oklahoma called the Five Civilized Tribes?' What does that have to do with a medical interview? It has nothing to do with a medical interview.

"You get asked questions by curious people -- questions that have no relation to your field of study. Having an interdisciplinary studies background enables you to adapt to these different situations. It helps you adapt to patients. You can relate to patients who come from different backgrounds.

"The wealth of knowledge was so easy to come by at USAO on a near one-to-one basis. I couldn't tell you the number of times in my various science classes where I was setting up in the lab on the third floor of Austin Hall -- just me and Dr. Magrath. If I had any questions, if I had something I couldn't figure out, the professors were right there. The professors were very accessible and incredibly knowledgeable in their field of expertise." Dr. Larry Magrath was a professor of biology at USAO until his death in 2007.

"I spent four years at OSU and was accepted to a urologic surgery residency program through the Army associated with the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio which is where I am now.

"I have no doubt that the education I received from USAO really prepped me to do very well as far as matching to the UT program -- it's a rigorous interview process that you have to go through and there are hundreds of people who apply every year to urology."

Evans has some information for incoming freshmen at USAO. "The interdisciplinary studies program is a good thing. You might not know it coming in. You might not know it while you are in it. But when you graduate from USAO and have completed your chosen field, as well as the IDS core, you are going to be much better prepared than any of your contemporaries who went to other schools that do not have a liberal arts core."