Wayne Bryant JrWhat is your home town?

I was born in Jacksonville, FL.  I moved around a lot during my childhood due to my father’s time in the military. I call Tampa, Florida, home because it’s where I grew up for the majority of my life.

Where did you attend medical school?

American University of Antigua College of Medicine.

What other educational credentials do you have?

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida.

M.S. in Molecular Medicine from the University of South Florida.

What are your particular clinical interests?

My goal is to practice Family Medicine in underserved areas in the inpatient and outpatient settings. My current clinical interests include preventive medicine, community medicine, women’s health, mental health, and outpatient medicine. Lastly, I am interested in research and academic medicine. I have a strong passion for teaching and helping people reach their full potential.

Why did you choose Family Medicine?

The versatility and variety that Family Medicine offers have always intrigued me. When I considered a specialty, the most important factor for me was building relationships over time. I cherish developing meaningful relationships with patients and their communities through continuous care. Family Medicine allows me to consider the factors that hinder patients from seeking care while collaborating with them and their support system to attain optimum health outcomes.

Family Medicine gives me the opportunity to practice the full spectrum of medicine and provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages and diverse backgrounds in various settings. I want to be a family physician who addresses the factors that deter people from seeking medical care and assist them in combating health inequities by dismantling systemic barriers and the provision of quality care. I knew Family Medicine would allow me to develop into a physician that advocates on my patient’s behalf to give them the best care.

Why did you choose the Little Rock Family Medicine residency program?

Growing up I loved reading comics, and still to this day, one of my favorite superheroes is Batman. I always loved how Batman carried a utility belt around his waist and was always prepared for every situation that he encountered. When I researched the Little Rock Family Medicine residency program, I knew that by the conclusion of my training I would be fully prepared for any situation and fully equipped to practice in any setting, just like Batman.

I chose UAMS for several reasons. Some of them include training in a university setting, learning from passionate faculty, a family environment, research opportunities, extensive procedural training, and specialized training for cultural competence and underserved populations.  Additionally, UAMS provides me opportunities to teach medical students and engage in formal and informal education to patients and peers. What more could I ask for in a program?

What are your hobbies and interests outside of medicine?

Outside of medicine, I love spending time with my wife, family, and friends. I really enjoy traveling, eating, listening to live music (especially reggae), dancing, and going to festivals and the movies. One of my favorite things to do is to cook and try new recipes.

Now that I know how to swim, I enjoy practicing my different strokes. Currently, my favorite is the elementary backstroke.

I love watching basketball. During the NBA season, I root for my team, the Los Angeles Lakers. However, I miss seeing my favorite player, Kobe Bryant, in action.

I am passionate about writing, trying new experiences, mentoring, and participating in community service. I have always had a heart for helping people and giving back to the community as much as time permits.