Ruqayyah Batts graduated Bishop Kearney HS in 2009. She earned her HS diploma with a Regents Honors’ distinction. She was also a member of the National Honor Society while in high school and received awards in Spanish. Following which, Ms. Batts attended the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies and a minor in Health and Nutrition Science. While at BC, Ms. Batts also held a pre-medicine concentration. She also participated in medical missions to Central and South America with Global Medical Brigades. Her B.A. degree had a Cum Laude distinction. After College, Ruqayyah worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC in 2015, where she did clinical research in Pancreatic Cancer with Dr. Peter Allen. From her work there she became a published author. Her work can be found in the prestigious journals: Pub Med and the Annals of Surgery. The article is entitled, “Development and Validation of a Multi-institutional Preoperative Nomogram for Predicting Grade of Dysplasia in Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms (IPMNs) of the Pancreas: A Report from The Pancreatic Surgery Consortium.” Following her work at MSKCC, Ms. Batts began graduate school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. There she received her Master’s of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Physiology and Biophsyics in 2016. Following graduate school, Ruqayyah wanted to give back to her community before starting medical school. She worked as a Kindergarten teacher at Success Academy Flatbush Charter School in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017, Ruqayyah began a Post-Baccalaureate program at the University at Buffalo which led to her acceptance into medical school in 2018. Ruqayyah is currently a first year medical student at UB with plans of graduating in 2022. Following medical school, Ruqayyah hopes to pursue a residency in Emergency Medicine with a focus on community health.