Bobbie J. Daniels is an Intern physician. She attended Duke University for undergrad and majored in Developmental Psychology. She also received a certificate in Human Development while at Duke. After undergrad she attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Biomedical Sciences where she received her Masters in Biomedical Sciences. She also attended UMDNJ’s School of Osteopathic medicine for medical school. We interviewed Bobbie about her success and here are her answers. She shares her triumphs and difficult moments along her journey to becoming a doctor.
1. What drives you to succeed?
I was raised by a single mother and growing up was a struggle so everything that I do is driven by the desire to make my mother proud. I could never completely repay her for everything she has done and continues to do for me but this remains my driving force.
2. Can you briefly describe the path you took to get to your current job? Did you have to make certain career moves? Any sacrifices along the way?
After graduating from Duke University, I took three years off before attending medical school. For the first year, I did post-baccalaureate work in Biology at UNC-Greensboro. I applied to medical school after this but was rejected. After that I worked as a preschool teacher for a year. Lastly, before attending medical school I spent a year in a Masters program for Biomedical Sciences. So although my path was windy to say the least I eventually reached my goal of attending medical school.
3. How do you handle setbacks? Can you share one?
I have had many setbacks along the way including not getting into medical school the first time I applied. However, one of the most profound setbacks I have experienced is failure of the boards during medical school. Academics had always been the one thing I felt I had going for me so to feel as if I was failing at that too was heartbreaking. I was forced to seek out counseling and ultimately realize I am only human. Once I realized that I was able to recover and successfully pass.
4. What do you enjoy most about your job?
I consider myself unique in that due to my life story I feel I can relate to all types of people. I love being able to use my education to help people medically while also being able to use my life to comfort them.
5. How do you balance work life and family? Do your work demands affect your relationships?
Balancing work and family is a challenge I can’t argue that. I believe though that we all make time for the things we value. I talk to my mother and close friends daily. Some times are harder than others but by making it a priority I am able to balance the two.
6. Where do you see yourself in the next five to ten years?
After completing my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology I would like to enter a University practice where I will begin teaching and mentoring. My ultimate goal is to enter academic medicine by becoming a teacher and mentor for future medical students.
7. Any advice or words of encouragement you’d like to give to shalenadiva.com readers?
Never let people or your situation prevent you from you achieving your destiny.
8. Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
I haven’t had your typical life, but I am firm believer that everything you experience makes you the person you are. My past includes sexual abuse, chronic illness and depression, but each of those things has led me to this point in my life. Circumstances have led me here, but they do not define me.
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