Featured Alums: Rebecca Scott Crow, D.O., Biology 2008 and Robert Scott, M.D., Ph.D., Chemical Engineering 2002

Editor’s note: This month we have a brother and sister pair of featured alums. Rebecca graduated from the School of Science with a Biology major, and Robert graduated from the School of Engineering with a Chemical Engineering degree. Below is their story.

Rebecca Scott Crow, D.O., Biology 2008, and Robert Scott, M.D., Ph.D., Chemical Engineering 2002, are both alumni of CBU. This brother and sister pair were born and raised north of Memphis in the Shelby Forest area to now retired Shelby County school teachers. Christian Brothers University’s well known reputation in science and engineering made it the obvious choice for their desire to pursue higher education after graduating high school. Rebecca said, When I was still a sophomore in high school, I remember going to CBU’s campus with my older brother on multiple occasions. I spent time with him in the engineering lab, library and the campus apartments. I knew even then I was going to follow in his footsteps and choose CBU as my collegiate home. While Rebecca was studying Biology at Christian Brothers and serving as an active member in Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Robert was working on his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Temple University in Philadelphia which he received in 2008. Reflecting back, Robert said, At that time we were both at a crossroads, both trying to decide what we wanted to do with our lives. The training CBU provided us in the basic sciences had prepared both of us to pursue futures in medicine. We agreed medicine was a fascinating field of study and was a career goal that we could each make a difference in our own unique way.

Rebecca Scott at the 2008 TAS meeting where she received a Best Paper Award for her paper, “Parats Mutant Flies Show Neuronal Damage After Ischemic Injury” by Rebecca Scott, Biology, CBU; Lawrence Reiter, Neurology, U T Health Science Center.

In 2008, Robert began at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine, and the same year Rebecca attended Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. The brother and sister duo, both starting medical school at colleges less than two hours apart, proved to be an excellent support system. Having my brother so close during such a grueling school schedule was a blessing. It is always great to have the support of someone else going through the same thing you are, it just makes it so much better when its family, said Rebecca Crow. Rebecca married Vincent Crow, a native of Little Rock, AR, in December 2010. Vincent was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and graduated from Christian Brothers in 2008 in Mechanical Engineering. This May, Robert and Rebecca both graduated from their respective medical schools. Rebecca will be an interning physician at The University of Oklahoma in Tulsa to begin her training in Internal Medicine. My goal is to do further training after I finish the Internal Medicine residency by pursuing a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. After seeing such a strong need for these physicians with the booming geriatric population, I decided this is the area I could have the greatest positive impact in serving a generation worthy of so much respect. Robert will start his first year of post graduate training in Psychiatry at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. There he hopes to expand his knowledge and skills in research and medicine to impact psychiatry as a whole. I feel like my graduate training in Biomedical Engineering has given me invaluable insight into the world of research allowing me to pursue a career in academia. At the same time, my medical school education has taught me the importance of forming a personal connection with patients.

Both agree that Christian Brothers Schools of Science and Engineering set the groundwork for their future careers. During my interviews for residency, one of the physicians I spoke with mentioned he had heard great things about Christian Brothers and had several friends who had sent their children there. It was exciting to hear CBU’s good reputation preceded me from several states away, said Rebecca. Both hope to one day return to Memphis to practice and positively impact the Memphis community.