Name: Adrianna Jackson, MS
Social media handle(s): love_adrii (Instagram)
Undergrad: Spelman College, Class of 2014.
Graduate school: Johns Hopkins, University Class of 2015. (Masters of Biotechnology, Post Baccalaureate)
Medical school: Michigan State University College of Medicine, Class of 2020.
Tell us about yourself?
I was born in Atlanta, GA but raised in Garnerville, NY (basically 45 mins outside of the Bronx). My parents have been married for over 30 years. I have two older brothers. Growing up I was afforded many opportunities, I played the violin and swam competitively with a local travel team since the age of 5. I was a member of numerous after school clubs and community service programs. My parents also made sure that school work came first and that was something I learned at a young age. I could not accomplish my goals in life if I did not put the work in by studying and staying focused. In order for me to do anything or go anywhere as a child, I had to make sure my homework was completed. That mindset is one that I have continued (or at least tried to lol) while in medical school. As a medical student, I have continued to excel by doing research about underrepresented minorities, community service, and other extracurricular activities. I was the treasurer of MSU CHM SNMA chapter and currently serve as the 2018 – 2019 SNMA Region V Treasurer.
Why did you choose medicine?
Ever since I can remember, my parents have emphasized the importance of hard work and service to others. As an elementary school student, my parents placed me into a 4-H service group where I shared my musical talents with senior citizens at a local housing complex. That experience and many others helped instill in me the value of service. My parents grew up in a time when discrimination and prejudice could have been a hindrances, but they persevered, became successful and raised 3 wonderful kids. They have been wonderful examples to me and serve as great role models. They taught me to always respect those who are less fortunate. Moreover, they have emphasized that “giving” (service) is one of the most essential components of a fulfilling life. A career as a physician would allow me to continue my passion for helping others and continue to explore my interests in science and the human body. In my exploration of the medical field through volunteering, I have been exposed to different situations which have created a passion within me to one day provide quality care to underserved communities as a physician.
How did you decide your specialty?
I am planning to go into Pediatrics or Family Medicine as I desire to help those in urban underserved communities and primary care overall seems like the best fit for me to be able to do that. I do not have younger siblings of my own and I am the youngest grandchild on both sides so whenever I get a chance to make an impact on the younger generation, I do. I have a great interest in public health and preventive medicine and believe I can make an impact and teach kids healthy/safe habits that they will hopefully cherish their whole lives. I also like both Family Medicine and Pediatrics because I can build long lasting relationships with my patients and their families and therefore the community. I hope to be a positive influence on the community I serve and a potential tool/resource they can always count on.
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to pursue a career in medicine?
Keep pushing and moving forward. Surround yourself with a great support system. Unfortunately this road is not always straight, you might have some obstacles to get over, but you will and you can. Stay focused and do not let others bring you down. If you need help or advice feel free to reach out. I would also advise those who are interested in medicine to become a member of SNMA/MAPS or any other similar premedical/medical organizations, because you will learn a lot of information from surrounding yourself around others who have a passion just like you. You are able to do all things through Christ. I truly believe God has a plan for each and everyone of us, so just continue to believe. You can do it!
What or who inspires or motivates you?
My parents motivate and inspire me. Their hard work, dedication and sacrifice are the reasons I am where I am today.