What is your occupation and academic background and how did you come to work in this field?
I am currently an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Stony Brook University in Long Island NY. I have both clinical and academic responsibilities. I am part of a faculty group practice in OB/GYN. My academic interests are in Global Health. This interests stems from my strong connection to Haiti and desire to contribute to and support Haiti. I have traveled to Haiti several times during my education and training to work with different groups. Most recently I traveled this past Jan to volunteer for a two week clinical rotation.
I went to Undergrad at Howard University, graduated with a B.S. in Biology. I went to Rutgers-RWJ medical school in NY and completed a Masters in Public Health at Boston University. I completed training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn NY.
What is the biggest challenge of your work?
Being able to multi task in order to manage my different roles as well as family life.
Identify one or two of your proudest achievements?
Holding on to my desire to mesh my desire to work with Haiti into my career.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
At this point I have reached the goal I set for myself when I was an undergraduate student. I am happy that I achieved that goal and hope to continue to grow my career in global health in Haiti. Secondarily, I hope that I can serve as a mentor for students who have similar interests as I do and allow them opportunities that I found difficult to obtain.
What would be your advice to young people who want their careers and lives to have impact?
Keep the goal always in focus. Don’t forget why you are working hard to achieve it and seek out those who can mentor you in your goals.