Arthur Miller has always enjoyed teaching other people and explaining things. An Honors student, Miller is studying biochemistry and molecular biology while also pursuing a master’s in comparative biomedical science through UGA’s Double Dawgs program.
A pre-med student, Miller is narrowing down his selections to start medical school in the fall.
A black belt and former state champion in Taekwondo, Miller is president and founder of the University of Georgia Krav Maga club. He teaches students practical martial arts and self-defense—outdoors and socially distant.
And while Krav Maga isn’t technically connected to his career goals, the common thread is teaching. It’s part of what drew him to medicine.
“I enjoy teaching others what I know. Specifically, the way some physicians are able to do that with their patients,” he said. “I think being able to speak to a patient in a manner that is very clear and down to earth simplifies the science for them in a way that patients will understand, will find interesting—will instill confidence in their treatment plan and their trust in the physician. I think that aspect of the patient-physician relationship is very important. That really draws me to medicine.”
He’s shadowed physicians both while in high school and at UGA, and it’s helped him solidify his career path.
He works in UGA’s Rada lab, where researchers look at an immune cell crucial in cystic fibrosis. He’s presented his Rada lab research to UGA’s CURO symposium. Volunteering with the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute, he’s worked on a team that has had had two papers published on cardiovascular adaptations in athletes. And research is something he hopes to continue throughout his medical career.
Image: Group participants stretch to warm up for Krav Maga practice. (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski/UGA)