Meet Quenisha. A smart, engaging, dedicated 20-year old college student who’s destined for greatness, thanks the opportunities given to her through scholarships and a caring mentor from The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society.
She wants to be a cardiothoracic surgeon!
Dr. Collette Brown, an obstetrician, and gynecologist, first met this aspiring surgeon when she interviewed her for a George Snow Foundation scholarship. They met again when Quenisha became acquainted with TLJMS, a professional organization that provides underserved minority populations with health education, professional skills in all the medical specialties, access to quality health care, and career opportunities. Physicians and other medical professionals volunteer their time and talent to work with students and adults.
“Leroy Jefferson has given me an opportunity to network with professionals in the medical field, network with fellow students,” said Quenisha. “And my mentor is now my friend. I meet with Collette once a month. We can talk about anything! She’s preparing me to take my MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and helping me apply to med school. She’s teaching me how to suture and even gave me a suture kit as a gift.
“Before TLJMS, nobody reached out to black children to show them what opportunities are out there in the medical field. But they’re bringing all underserved communities in, bringing the community together.”
Ambitious Quenisha works and goes to college. She’s an inpatient transporter at a regional hospital to get her foot in the door of a medical institution. She was a dual enrollment student, attending college courses while still in high school. She’ll graduate from Florida Atlantic University at the end of this year.