Kevin Huang always had a passion for health and fitness, but he turned to a career in medicine after he worked as a personal assistant to physicians at Lahey Clinic. 
“I realized that I enjoyed playing a hand in patient care by using medical knowledge and assisting physicians,” says Huang, who earned a bachelor’s in biology and master’s in public health. “Seeing a profession that helped patients in the way only physicians can do was what drove me to apply for medical school.”
Huang’s decision to pursue a career in medicine was also influenced by his sister. Cathleen Huang, who earned a B.S. in biology at UML in 2016, is a first-year medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“Cathleen’s passion for science rubbed off on me when we were young. We both motivated, supported and pushed each other to be the best version of ourselves throughout high school and college,” says Huang, “After talking with her about my future, I couldn’t help but feel I would be missing out on something truly amazing and life-changing if I didn’t become a physician.”
He says that the experiences he gained at UML, inside and outside the classroom, encouraged him to think openly and independently.
“I developed work and study habits that put me in control of how I achieve what I set out to do,” says Huang, who will follow his sister to the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Looking back, I was preparing for medical school before I even realized that’s where my career would take me.” 
Huang credits all his professors for making it easy to ask questions and leave each class with new knowledge that immediately applied to his internships and lab work.  
“My professors helped me realize how important a role public health plays in determining the future of all of health care,” he says.
Once Huang made the decision to apply to medical school, he began working closely with Prof. Peter Gaines of the College of Sciences and Maria Halepis, coordinator of UML’s Pre-Graduate Health and Pre-Med programs, which assists students in applying to medical school. 
“They made the process much easier, offering me tips on how to better prepare for internships, giving feedback on my personal statement and walking me through the interview process for medical school,” says Huang. 
His internships included working with hospitals administrators at Lowell General Hospital. That experience helped him understand the inner workings of hospital management and health care systems and how business plays a role in health care. Huang’s work in Asst. Prof. Michael Myre's lab as an undergraduate taught him time management skills in learning, applying and analyzing new lab techniques and data. He also worked as a paid researcher at a health data analytics company. 
He completed all of this while taking four classes on health care project management and health care informatics systems to earn his B.S. and M.P.H. degree in five years. 
“The life skills that I've learned from my UML experience have prepared me to be efficient and successful while I’m in medical school,” he says.