Mikeann Channer blazing a trail of academic excellence

January 23, 2018
Mikeann Channer (centre), a second-year medical student of the University of the West Indies (UWI), with her mother Anita Banton, and Dr. Tomlin Paul, dean of the UWI Faculty of Medical Science, during a recent award ceremony held at the Sir Kenneth Standard Lecture Theatre at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex at the UWI Mona Campus.

Mikeann Channer, a medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI) West Jamaica Campus, is a living testament to academic excellence, having recently been honoured for attaining one of the top two spots in medicine for her year group.

Channer, 20, was inducted into UWI's Medical Science Honour Society at the Mona campus last October. She also became a member of the UWI Western Campus Honour Society for maintaining a 4.05 grade-point average and making the dean's list after getting into the UWI Faculty of Medical Sciences' top-two spots for the Class of 2021. Channer was also selected as the 2017 recipient of the UWI Open Scholarship.




"People think it is a feeling you get used to, but every time, there is a little element of surprise for me because when I am doing my work, I don't think of topping the class or making the dean's list. I just try to do my work as best I can," said Channer.

Channer, who currently serves as the president of the UWI Western Campus's Jamaica Medical Students Association, aspires to become a cardiologist and neuroscientist.

Before her enrolment at the UWI, she was successfully in nine CSEC subjects while attending the Mt Alvernia High School in St James and graduated from the school's sixth form with Grade One results in five CAPE subjects.

During her time at Mt Alvernia, Channer placed first in Jamaica and the Caribbean for her CSEC performance in principles of business; first in Jamaica and third in the Caribbean for information technology; and second in Jamaica and the Caribbean for religious education.

"Every time I am awarded something, I have to applaud myself for being determined and continuing to work hard throughout the years," said Channer.

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