AKA Sorors Made Chief Residents at UCLA
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Tau Omega Chapter (Santa Monica) members Dr. Kathryn Murray and Dr. Candice Taylor were selected to be Chief Residents in their respective programs at UCLA
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Staff Writer
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, has produced some of the brightest professional Black women over the past 101 years. Prominent civil rights leaders, lawyers, doctors, scientist, political figures, business executives, educators, authors, actresses, musicians, and numerous other professions have come out of this prestigious sorority.
The Sorority’s Tau Tau Omega Chapter (Santa Monica) can lay claim to a number of those professional women, including two who were recently selected to be Chief Residents in their respective programs at UCLA.
Dr. Kathryn Murray and Dr. Candice Taylor are dedicated doctors who are preparing for careers promoting wellness for children and adolescents.
Murray, who received her undergraduate and medical degrees from UCLA, is the Chief Resident of Psychiatry at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and the San Fernando Valley Mental Health Clinic. UCLA trains its residents at various locations in order to give them exposure to different settings.
This new position will bring Murray closer to goals as a doctor.
“This position is ideal for me because it gives me more autonomy and exposure to a repertoire of psychiatric issues college students face,” Murray said. “Since my objective is to practice child and adolescent psychiatry, the college environment is closer to the population I will ultimately be serving.”
From a very early age Murray wanted to be a pediatrician, but her psychiatry rotation in medical school inspired her to concentrate on childhood/adolescent mental health instead.
Murray feels that it is very important to understand certain influences in patients that start in childhood.
After Murray completes this residency program she plans to apply for a childhood/adolescent psychiatry fellowship. She wants to become a mental health advocate in the Black community.
Taylor, who received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her medical degree from USC, was selected in April 2009 to become the Chief Resident for the UCLA Tri-Campus Pediatric Residency Program in July 2010. Taylor will practice at the Olive View Medical Center, the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Cedars Sinai Hospital.
Taylor will oversee residents in clinical settings, assist in administrative decisions for the program, serve as the voice of residents to the faculty, and facilitate resident education.
Taylor believes that children are the foundation of our society and they are a mirror image of what is occurring in the home.
“If you are able to affect the health of a child in its first five years of life you directly impact the trajectory of their life,” Taylor said. “Adolescence is another opportunity to intervene in order to strengthen support for youth heading towards success or redirect a youth at risk of failure.”
Taylor wants to influence children to live up to their potential.
“I chose to become a pediatrician largely because I wanted to be a role model,” Taylor said. “I wanted to help inspire youth to pursue challenging careers and excel beyond what their current circumstances may be, to become someone who in turn can help invoke change and promote prosperity in their family and surrounding communities.”
Taylor is anticipating completing a one-year fellowship in Sports Medicine, specifically working in youth development for at-risk youth. She plans to develop after school programs that will target youth at risk of failure to thrive in areas of education and health.
Murray and Taylor are assists to the Black community, and they are shining examples of the type of women who are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African American college women. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington D.C.
Tau Tau Omega Chapter was chartered at the Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica in 1993. The Chapter has participated in the Habitat for Humanity Program in Watts, and a Rites of Passage Program at the Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Tau Tau Omega launched its “On Track” program at the Watts Learning Center in Los Angeles. The Chapter partnered with the L.A. Times’ Reading by 9 Program at two Los Angeles inner city schools. The Chapter sponsors UCLA’s undergraduate Chapter, Alpha Gamma Chapter.