Victoria College was springboard for medical school student
Success Story
Robert Fultz

Victoria College graduate Robert Fultz didn’t really know what to expect when he began medical school at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine in the fall of 2011.

“I didn’t really have a lot of preconceived notions about what it was going to be like,” Fultz said. “I found out it’s a challenge and it’s as exciting and rewarding as you want it to be. You get what you put in.”

After his family moved to Victoria in 2002, Fultz, 32, began his medical career three years later as an emergency medical technician at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria. In the fall of 2006, he decided to enroll at Victoria College to pursue an academic career in medicine.

“The best thing I got from VC was mentorship,” Fultz said. “There were some great faculty in the Biology Department. They gave me a lot of opportunities. They were really devoted to any student that showed an interest in learning."

Fultz said the encouragement and guidance he received at Victoria College helped convince him that medical school was attainable.

“I started college in my early 20s, so I felt like I was already behind,” Fultz said. “But I had some great professors helping me immediately.”

Fultz received his associate degree from VC in 2008. He went on to acquire his bachelor’s degree at Sam Houston State University in the spring of 2011 after being named to the SHSU Dean’s List and President’s Honor Roll. Fultz enrolled at the Baylor College of Medicine the next fall.

In November 2009, Fultz won the Joan Abramowitz Award for earning honorable mention for his poster presentation of “A Laboratory Module for Studying Host – Pathogen Interactions.” Last October, he won the Sam Kaplan Award for first place among graduate student poster presentations with “Mucus as a Maturation Factor for Dendritic Cells.”

“Right now, I am studying how the intestinal microbiome effects an immune system,” said Fultz, who is 18 months away from completing his graduate studies in biomedical sciences while specializing in microbiology and immunology.

“I started off from being a nontraditional student and got that foundation at VC to get me started,” Fultz said. “Then I got my bachelor’s degree and went to graduate school. It’s nice to be able to see the transitions that I have been able to make,” Fultz said.

Published: Thursday, 07 July 2016

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