Congratulations, Taylor!

Taylor Melville served as a Temple Fit Health Promotion & Education Intern during the 2018-2019 school year. At the time, she was a Junior at Florida State University, and she has since graduated with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences with a concentration in Clinical Professions. 

Taylor served as a health promotion intern with Temple Fit from 2018-2019, attending community programs and educating participants on health and well-being. 

What’s next…

Taylor has been accepted into the Drexel University College of Medicine-Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies Master’s Program, and we couldn’t be more proud of her! She will spend two years delving into advanced chemistry, physics, and other graduate-level sciences and electives. She will also complete medical school-equivalent coursework in preparation for the next step in her professional journey. 

Dr. Melville, loading…

Taylor’s ultimate career goal is to become an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in a rural/underserved community. She would like to focus on the use of Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine and other complementary/alternative medical practices to better understand and treat each patient.

I would like to remind humanity that caring for one another is an essential part of actually being a human being.

Taylor Melville

Taylor says, “The impact that I want to have on humanity is being the change I want to see in the medical field and life in general. There are so many things that are not perfect throughout this world and the medical/healthcare field is definitely a part of it. I would like to remind humanity that caring for one another is an essential part of actually being a human being. I want my legacy to be that of love, care, and respect for people of all backgrounds, but especially those who have been disenfranchised through the implementation of so many biased systems and institutions.”  Taylor believes that each of us holds more power to shift society into a more positive direction than we realize. She wants to empower other people to open their eyes to their strength and their importance in this pivotal movement.

The journey…

Taylor’s perspective on the impact of caring medicine and humanity has certainly been shaped by her research experiences.  In the Summer of 2018, she participated in FSU’s Global Scholars Cohort as a Clinic Assistant and Student Researcher in Senegal, West Africa. The focus of her research was the mental health of talibé— children (specifically impoverished boys) aged 5-16 who study the Quran with Marabouts– compared to public/private school children. The results of this study showed that talibé suffer decreased mental health due to low standards of living, verbal/mental/physical abuse from certain Marabouts, and lack of familial support. Public/private school children have increased mental health due to their higher standards of living and a better family structure and environment. 

Taylor (second from left) joins Temple Fit Faculty Kristie Kennedy (far left), Kiana Reaves (middle), Dr. Asha (second from right), and Stephanie Lee (right) at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s annual Women’s Health Expo.

Taylor also completed a Senior Capstone Research Project where she studied the prevalence of anxiety and depression in premedical versus non-premedical students. The results of this research showed that premedical and non-premedical students both suffer greatly from symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, the main differences lie in the cognitive and psychological symptoms that they present. Research is very intriguing and important to Taylor, so she will definitely be continuing to research various topics throughout her academic and professional career.

Looking back…

Taylor and Dr. Asha hosted a wellness workshop sponsored by the American Heart Association as partners for the Delta Sigma Theta & Omega Psi Phi Annual Family Fitness Day.

Overall, Taylor says that interning with Temple Fit has advanced her writing skills, increased her level of professionalism, introduced her to dozens of inspiring people, and put her in a position to explore her ultimate potential. She joined the Temple Fit Team as part of a partnership with FSU College of Medicine’s USSTRIDE Program (University Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity & Excellence). Taylors expresses her gratitude, “USSTRIDE is a huge factor in my current successes and I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful and caring organization.”

Taylor also notes the impact of mentoring from Temple Fit Director Dr. Asha and other Temple Fit partners. Upon reflecting on the person she was at the beginning of her internship to the individual she is today, she says that she has flourished before her own eyes, and she is a better student, professional, and person as a result.

Taylor, we are so proud of you. Congratulations!

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