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I am sitting in the airport on my way back from the ACOG District XII meeting in Miami. It was a quick trip but beyond worth it, and I could really talk forever about how happy it makes me to be going into this field. This morning, I attended one of the final lectures on Black and White Disparities in Preterm Birth. Healthcare disparities has become a issue that is very near and dear to my heart especially when it comes to Mamas and babies. The lecture was really interesting and I was excited to be in a room with physicians that cared as much about this topic as I do. I was the only medical student in the room, but I did not that let me from asking questions, proposing ideas and giving my thoughts. Although inside I was nervous to say anything because I'm little ol' me, barely a baby doc in this room of docs with 20-30 years of experience, but I think because of the way my parents raised me, I spoke up. I put away my insecurities, nervousness and said what I was thinking and at the end of the presentation, I was offered to be apart of a Task Force looking at this very thing in Florida. As a med student. I was encouraged by the docs in the room that my voice is wanted and needed, and I was empowered to know that I was supported by physicians who I admire. I was reminded today that our thoughts need a voice. And it doesn't matter how young or inexperienced you perceive yourself to be, there are people out there who are looking to hear what you have to say. 1 Tim 4:12 says "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.", so I encourage you whether young or old, do not be afraid to use your voice to implement positive change. The world is waiting on your thoughts. The world is waiting on your voice. Loveee. #acog2018 #acogdistrictxii #love #obgyn #medicalschool #medicalstudent #medstudent #medschool #healthdisparities #maternalmortality #pretermbirth #futureobgyn #medschool #medicalschool #medstudent #medicalstudent #inspiration #reflection #yourvoicematters #influencer #writer #blogger #melanindoc #reseaudocteur

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