Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
College: Howard University
Medical School: The George Washington University
Occupation: Physician, Pediatric Resident at Texas Children’s Hospital
1. Describe your job in three words: Kids, Medicine, Responsibility
2. I know you’ve been very busy this past year. Tell me about everything. Oh my gosh, super busy! Just in the past 6 months I have found out I was moving to Texas, gotten married, graduated from medical school, moved to Texas and started a new job. Whew! But, it has all been absolutely awesome. I wouldn’t change a thing!
3. Newlywed! Tell me about your wedding day. My wedding day was amazing! After putting in a year of planning, it all came out wonderfully. We were surrounded with friends and family, and I felt so loved by everyone, especially my new husband. I think all of our guests had fun. It was definitely a day we will never forget.
4. Put these words in order of importance. Doctor, wife, sister, daughter, Christian, friend. Wow, this is hard! I value all of my positions in life, and try to be the best I can be at every one of them. I think my priorities change everyday based on what I am doing, but I am always trying to balance them all. Some days it is important for me to be the best doctor, and I hope that the other people in my life are understanding of this. Sometimes my relationships with certain people or God require more attention, and I have to put other things on the back burner. All of these things are important to me, and it is definitely difficult sometimes to balance them all. I love all the roles I have.
5. When did you decide you wanted to be a doctor? I don’t remember ever making a concrete decision about it, if that makes sense. My mother is a pediatrician, and I think seeing the positive effect she had on people and how much she enjoyed her job really influenced me. As I grew up and explored the field more I learned about all the possibilities that exist within medicine. I would be dedicating my life to helping others and I get to work with children. I could work with different populations, including the underserved, and be an advocate for people, which was a major draw for me.
6. Tell me about your worst day in medical school. Medical school was rough. I am not going to lie. I do not remember any particular bad day, but I hated all the studying and it took me awhile to get used to it. I felt I had to miss out on a lot with Antonio (my husband), friends and family. Fortunately, it all ended well, and I am glad I suffered through it. Honestly, I feel like I can do almost anything after finishing medical school.
7. What has been the most gratifying part of your job? Definitely the patients, and feeling like you are helping people every time you go to work. For the most part, children are resilient, so it is nice to see them get better. I have also noticed that a lot of times people are very appreciative when you help their children, and that makes all the hard work and bad days worth it. Basically, I love my job!
8. When you’re not working you are… Spending time with my husband. He is one of the most supportive people I have ever met. He wants me to realize my dreams, even if it means moving him to city where he knows no one and I am working 80 hours a week. So, if I am off, I am definitely spending time with him.
9. The last book you read… I am kind of ashamed to admit this, but “Fifty Shades of Grey“. I do not have time to read often and my life can be kind of stressful, so when I do have time, I usually like totally mindless books and TV.
10. In ten years you will be… A pediatric infectious disease specialist, wife, mother and resident of Atlanta, Georgia again (thankfully).