Name: Rashieda Pugh Hometown: Brooklyn, NY University: Brandeis Graduation Year: 2016 Major: Biology, minor in anthropology Site: Lincoln Community Health Center
What’s your role at your host site? – I’m a medical scribe and community health worker. As a medical scribe, I shadow a physician and take notes on what the doctor says and lightened her load by filling out paperwork and electronic medical rescords. As a community health worker, I’m out in the field and work with the community to help them enroll in programs, and helping ensure that women and children in particular are brought into care and in the right programs to keep them healthy What are you hoping to gain from your MedServe experience? - Mostly, I hope to gain experience and a better understanding of primary care. I’m passionate about going into primary care and I want medical schools to see I’ve had this dream for a long time and it’s not about it being popular. MedServe signals I take this seriously. I can be a super doctor in primary care and giving back to the community. Most people think of ER doctors and surgeons as saving health but primary care doctors are super heroes for the community – it all starts with primary care. I definitely think this program is going to help us making a last change. I’m from NYC, but I have family in NC. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous because I’m so used to noise and people. I remember asking the other fellows about why there’s so much fellows. But, I’m liking the space to breathe and reflect, and that’s a great time to think about what I want in life. I also like that this takes me out of my comfort zone. I’m also amazed and like how friendly people are here. Family ties here to NC are really helping my transition here. Where / how did your interest in health develop? – It started for me in Brooklyn where I noticed the lack of healthcare. I was always traveling to other parts of the city to get medical needs met; I never had a primary care to talk to and call my own. It was “get your shots” and that was it. We would find ourselves going online and looking up stuff because we didn’t understand what was happening with our bodies. It wasn’t until I was in college that I saw healthcare being implemented the way it should be. I was at a little RN-led clinic (I never saw the doctor) but she told me how much they needed more doctors in those clinics. That experience reinforced for me that being a doctor was what I was meant to be. I was told to become a RN or PA – I don’t have anything against those fields, but those doctors undermined my ability to become a MD, as if I didn’t have access to what I needed or it wasn’t something I could attain
Why did you choose MedServe? – I felt you guys are doing exactly what I want to do – you’re working in. I did SMDEP enrichment program. I wasn’t shadowing, but more classroom than working in healthcare. I wanted to implement the things I learned to give back even before I’ve gone to medical school. This is next-step in that sense. The final step is become doctor. What are your plans after MedServe? – Right now, I’m looking to apply to medical school. I’m applying this year and I’m mostly looking in NC and NY right now; I’m looking to apply this year. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? – I’ll be in medical school, but still trying to find ways to give back to the community. I hope it’s through my Legacy project if I’m still in NC. If I’m here, I’d love to be going back to LCHC and continuing to engage with them. Where do you see yourself 5 years after that? – I’m interested in OB-Gyn, and I’d like to be working in that field in an underserved community health center. I want to do OB-gyn because I remember. My friends and I being scared when our bodies were evolving. We finally found a free health clinic that helped us. That’s the first time I had someone to talk to, and I could talk to her about ANY issues social or physical. It kept me grounded, even if nothing was going on. She was always receptive to me. Most of my prior doctors were male and didn’t connect with me that way. I want to be that kind of mentor for other women, to help them feel safe and like they have a resource.