What was my biggest obstacle?
I did not begin medical school until age 32 after becoming an inner city Brooklyn schoolteacher (P.S. 110). When I entered Brooklyn College at age 17 in September 1951, Dr. N. Kiell (a psychologist and admissions advisor) told me I had no scientific ability. Thus, I did not tell him of my longstanding dream.
How do I make a difference?
I have always tried to help all women and men medical students, residents, faculty and patients, locally and nationally.
Who was my mentor?
Cornelia Binwell Wilbur, M.D. (Lexington, Kentucky) who treated Sybil; Alexandra Symonds, M.D., New York City psychiatrist-psychoanalyst; Jean Baker Miler, M.D., psychiatrist-psychoanalyst in Boston.
How has my career changed over time?
I established the first University of Louisville student mental health service in 1975, then when it was eliminated in 1981 I moved to the Health Sciences Center and continued treating medical students, residents and graduate students and also became Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the medical school. Then I became associate dean for Faculty and Student Advocacy and created the office, from 1989 through 2002 when I retired from full-time employment. It was the only such office in the world and worked extremely well. I developed protective programs for junior women and men, faculty, M.D.s, and Ph.D.s, a regional annual program for women faculty from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana and many first of their kind proactive support programs for medical students, beginning in 1978 with the student health promotion for entering students and their significant others, and children's day. All were voluntary and very successful, and 985 of the class attended.
Other programs include the Health Awareness Workshop, the Student Outreach at the University of Louisville Program in the 1990s, the Advocates Program, the Health Awareness Newsletter from 1980-2002 and the S.O.U.L. Awards (1990s).