During his second year of medical school at Florida State University, biology grad Jeffrey Reese (’14) wanted to broaden his knowledge base and experience in medicine. So he applied for several research positions, hoping the door would open for one in pediatric genetics.
“I was perplexed when God closed the door to what I thought was the ideal summer research opportunity,” he said. “Little did I realize that the Lord had bigger plans for me than what I could have imagined.” Instead of pediatrics, Jeffrey received an invitation to conduct a 12-week summer study in neurology from the Balance Disorder Clinic in Tallahassee.
“I had the opportunity to help validate a clinical exam technique with patients who suffered from balance-related issues like vertigo,” he said. During his research, he and his fellow researchers used the Quix test, a 30-second tool to evaluate and properly diagnose dizzy patients, on 200 patients at the clinic.
Because of the extensive research conducted by their team, Jeffrey was invited to present their findings at the international convention of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in Vancouver, B.C.
“This research opportunity was definitely one of the highlights of medical school,” said Jeffrey. “As I continue through my third year of medical studies and the initial planning for residency, I’m grateful that I can feature my participation in one of the premier neurology conferences in the world.”
Looking back on his summer research position, Jeffrey can see how the Lord had been preparing him for his future all along. “All of my science classes at PCC helped me to develop a strong work ethic and to refine skill-sets which proved invaluable while wading through complicated case studies,” he said.
During his time at the AAN Convention, Jeffrey had the opportunity to talk to neurologists from around the world, some of whom plan to implement his team’s clinical exam in their offices. One of the doctors paid him a high compliment saying, “Based on your knowledge of the subject, I thought you were already finished with medical school and were a resident researcher!”
Jeffrey knows his success is all the Lord’s doing. “I’m confident that God opened this unique opportunity to present,” he said.
Currently, his research team has published an article on their findings in the FLAAEM newsletter. Their abstract and poster have been published in Neurology, the official journal of the AAN, with plans to publish the full manuscript sometime next year.
Jeffrey looks forward to his residency with great expectation, knowing he has been fully prepared for his future. “I believe PCC and a healthy dose of God’s grace have contributed to my success in medical school. Our God is big enough to help each of us accomplish what we can’t do in our own strength.”