My Journey: Becoming a Doctor's Doctor
Organized by: Nekeyua Richardson
I am determined to be a Doctor's doctor.
I have tried many times to complete this medical degree. Many friends and colleagues say I am an inspiration to them because if it had been them they would have quit a long time ago. I use that as motivation to keep me going; especially since I only have 18 months of training left until I obtain my M.D.
First, I attended Boston University School of Medicine. The cost of living in Boston was so high that I had to work a full time job and a part time job in addition to attending school. It took the focus away from school and my final goal. Ultimately, I decided to take a Master's degree and persue medical school in Cuba. I worked for a few more months and saved as much money as I could and moved to Havana, Cuba.
Next, I attended medical school at ELAM in Cuba until I tore my Achilles tendon. Despite the injury I stayed for almost another year and walked the long distances and up stairs on crutches everyday because I was determined to be a doctor. After, having travelled home to Michigan once to have a surgery because I did not stay off my leg like I was suppose to because I wanted to attend class, I had to go home for a follow up appointment. I went home to Michigan to have the follow up doctor's appointment and two days later I was hurt in a very serious car accident. A woman ran a stop sign in a mini van and t-boned the small car I was in. She was ticketed and the accident ws deemed her fault and the car was totalled. They had to use the jaws of lif to get me out because I was pinned between the steering wheel and the dashboard. I had to do eight months of physical therapy because I was pretty banged up. To make a long story short she lied, I had a horrible lawyer and because I was on a back board being placed in the ambulance my side of the story was never properly documented and I walked with next to nothing. The lawyers were able to take most of the money, she literally took most of the money and I received about $1000. Instead, of fighting I was thankful for my life and went onto continue to persue medical school in the Carribbean.
Next, I attended a decent medical school on one of the small islands.
A doctor in training is who I am. I am a third year medical student. I Nekeyua N. Richardson am on my pathway to becoming a medical doctor, I have approximtely 18 months of training left. I will be an Internal Medicine and Pediatric physician. It has been difficult and there have been so many setbacks but that has just made me stronger and more determined. This is my fourth attempt at completing medical school; money has always ben my setback. If desire, passion, drive and intelligence paid the bills I would be done but unfortunately they do not.
I have exhausted all my resources and now I may not be able to finish school. $34,000 just covers the cost of my tuition, I have to cover the costs of living and travel to finish school in addition to this. I have been sitting at home for a few months now. I have made many attempts to find a job that will allow me to finish school. I have had several interviews but I have had no luck in getting a full time job. I have been able to do some research work randomly but that has been just enough to keep the bills paid. I am over qualified for every job that is flexible enough for me to finish medical school and under qualified for the remainder of the jobs.
I am currently $287,000 in debt for all my education and have maxed out my credit cards to pay tuition and school expenses.