Name: Chelsy Webb, MD
Social media handle(s): Chelsybri (IG)
Undergrad: Spelman College, Class of 2013
Medical school: Morehouse School of Medicine, Class of 2018
Residency: Morehouse School of Medicine Pediatrics Residency Training Program, PGY1
Tell us about yourself?
I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA to a chemist and procurement manager aka my whole life revolved around science and math. I have an older brother and younger brother as well as a niece, nephew, and godson. My parents were always strict and made it known that education wasn’t an option but a requirement. I remember complaining that I didn’t get paid for good grades like some of my classmates. My parents would simply laugh and say you will thank me later. From a young age they instilled in me the importance of hard work but also giving back and understanding how fortunate I was. These are values that resonate with me to this day. In addition to always working hard I made it my duty to be involved in various extracurricular activities in undergrad, medical school and will continue to do so while in residency. In medical school I was VP of the pediatric interest group as well as community service chair for various other groups. I spearheaded a medical mission trip to Haiti during my first year and continue to have a passion for global health. I am currently finding ways to incorporate all of my passions into a meaningful career in pediatrics.
Why did you choose medicine?
Not to sound cliché but I was the kid with a white coat and stethoscope around my neck playing doctor on my stuffed animals. Basically Doc McStuffins. My dad being a chemist used to let us do science experiments on weekends which I thought was the coolest thing in the world. I also loved solving puzzles and thought biology and the human body was so fascinating. In college I participated in a free health fair and shadowed at Grady Memorial Hospital which pretty much sealed the deal for me! I also had a strong passion for helping others so medicine combined my love for the sciences and desire to help others into one profession. It has already proven to be a very rewarding journey.
How did you decide your specialty?
I guess I kind of always knew Pediatrics was the right fit for me. I’ve always loved kids but I just assumed that was normal. Until I went to medical school and realized how far from the truth that was. I kept an open mind through third year but no matter what I gravitated to children. My Pediatrics clerkship sealed the deal of course. I did contemplate OB/GYN but quickly realized I hated surgery and I cared about the baby more than the mother, so it was pretty simple. I love the opportunity to interact with these rays of sunshine on a daily basis. I never knew how much of an impact pediatricians have on the lives of children especially for the children I serve in the inner city Atlanta area. Residency is tough but there is no doubt that I picked the right specialty. I’ve learned everything there is to know about Paw Patrol, I have learned to floss, and countless other things from being in pediatrics. There is never a dull moment!
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to pursue a career in medicine?
Don’t ever count yourself out. Let someone else tell you no and even when they say no keep trying.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! It is not a sign of weakness.
For most this journey comes with obstacles so having a good support system goes a long way. (I’ve never met someone who said medical school was a breeze!)
Lastly, YOU CAN DO IT!!! Don’t give up!!
What or who inspires or motivates you?
My family. My father actually wanted to be a doctor but said when he was growing up it just seemed so expensive and so farfetched for someone who needed to quickly be able to take care of his family. My parents have been by my side throughout this journey. They have prayed for me and cried with me every step of the way. They have made countless sacrifices over the years to make sure my dream to be a doctor would become reality.
My grandmother was also a huge source of motivation. She believed that education was the key to success and that there was no dream too big to accomplish. Unfortunately she passed away during my third year of medical school and didn’t get to see me walk across the stage but I know I have made her proud.
My nephew and godson, both of whom have had their own interactions with healthcare professionals for various reasons. Not just them but any other young minority children who needs an extra role model in life.
Anything additional you want to add or share with others?
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions! I am an open book, seriously.