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LCHS grad wraps first semester at medical school

Physician's son earns big scholarship for studies

POSTED: November 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Robert Carter shows off his lab coat.

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Liberty County's ambassador to medical academia is nearing the end of his first semester at the Medical College of Georgia and apparently not wasting his time, nor school resources.
"I'm somewhere near the top of my class, I think," Robert Carter said.
The 2003 graduate of Liberty County High School is attending the school on one of its Medicine Faculty Sponsored Scholarships, which pays $11,000 a year toward the $18,000-$28,000 a year tuition and fees.
He is the son of Dr. Glenn and Becky Carter of Hinesville and earned a bachelor's of science degree in biochemistry, molecular biology and cellular biology from the University of Georgia at Athens in 2007.
The younger Carter took the 2007-08 academic year off to volunteer with Boy Scouts (he's an Eagle scout himself) and study for the medical school admission test, according to his mother.
"The MCAT is what qualified him for the scholarship," Becky Carter, who is a member of the Liberty County School Board, said. "He scored 38 out of a possible 45.  We've since learned the average is 23."
Robert Carter and the rest of his class received their white lab coats, symbols they are allowed to work with medical professionals in hospitals and clinics, during a ceremony in September. But it was routine to the student.
"Well, there really haven't been any events or anything like that recently," he said in a phone interview Tuesday.
He's also not settled on his future, though he believes he'll follow his father's lead. Glenn Carter is a family care physician who specializes in internal medicine.
"I'm interested primarily in primary care, which covers internal medicine,family medicine and pediatrics, and preventive medicine," Robert Carter said.
One thing likely in his future is a sister in medical school, possibly MCG. Rebecca Carter is finishing up an undergraduate degree in genetics at UGA this year and has already taken the MCAT, though she plans to take it again to see if she can improve her score, according to her mother.
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