I hear my ancestors whispering in my ear, ‘Daughter, you were called for just this moment!’

The author’s grandfather. Photos courtesy of the author.

I knew at the age of 12 that I wanted to be a physician despite having no one in my immediate or extended family in the medical field. It was simply a God-given calling to serve people. During my time at Northwestern University as a premedical student, I spent the majority of my Saturdays working under the tutelage of a Black obstetrician-gynecologist treating women with a myriad of different medical problems. It was there that I got my first dose of the harsh realities of health inequities: Black women and babies die at higher rates than Whites during childbirth, and…

Amber K Brooks

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