I had no idea how to make a living, and I never thought I’d be a doctor.
When I was 20, I found myself a full-time caregiver at a young age.
My first job was as a babysitter in the hospital, and as I grew older I began to get more experience in home care.
It was the perfect career for me.
By the time I was 28, I was a full time hospital patient.
In the next decade, I started a practice of my own in a small town in Texas.
My colleagues and patients have all told me how much they appreciate my hard work and the people I work with.
The people I’ve met have been great to me.
I’ve been a great mentor for many of them, including a man who had been a drug addict before his addiction got too bad.
I can’t thank them enough for their caring, and they’ve taught me so much.
But there’s more to this story.
I have a long road ahead of me.
My parents died when I was only 18, and now I’ve made it through two more pregnancies and four more children.
I’m proud to say I have my own business and a successful business career, and it’s a wonderful feeling to know that my family, friends, and colleagues love me as I am.
I love this job, and the support and encouragement I get every day is amazing.
But I can hardly wait to get home.
My goal is to be a full member of my community and to make it a reality.
In November, I’ll be leaving the hospital and moving to my new home in the Dallas area.
I don’t want to go back, but I do want to take some time away from the work I love to be with my family and work on a new challenge.
I am grateful for the support of my colleagues and the community, and my time here is a wonderful time to share my story and reflect on what I learned along the way.
In my first interview with The Washington P-I, I mentioned the need for more female medical professionals.
At the time, my colleagues were supportive of my desire to get back into the profession.
I know there are some women who will say that I have been a failure as a woman, but that’s just not true.
I never lost my humanity, and there are women in the medical field who are far more skilled than me.
The only thing I have failed at is not making the kind of sacrifices needed to be successful as a doctor, as I’ve learned.
I want to help other women who are ready to make the same kind of commitment.
I also know that, like many women, I feel the need to be strong in the face of sexism.
I believe women are often too afraid to speak up about sexism because they think they’ll lose their job or be blamed for it.
That’s why I’m here today.
The stories of women in this profession are important.
I grew up hearing that I needed to work hard to get a job.
But my parents and siblings didn’t always believe that, so it was easy to dismiss any suggestion that I was hardworking.
I didn’t get to the University of Texas Medical School, but the number of female students on campus has grown dramatically over the last 10 years.
In 2014, women made up only 12 percent of all medical students.
Today, it’s more than 60 percent.
We have a much larger pool of women practicing medicine, and a much greater chance of making a successful career.
The most common barriers to women in medicine are: a lack of gender equity in medical schools and hospitals, lack of support and mentorship from male colleagues, and lack of diversity among doctors and medical students and staff.
It’s clear to me that this needs to change, and that’s why, as president of the American Medical Association, I will be taking action.
The AMA has a goal to recruit 100,000 women for leadership positions by 2025.
And we have already begun to tackle these issues.
In 2016, the AMA launched the first-ever Women in Medicine Program to empower women who have the potential to make groundbreaking contributions to medicine.
The program is aimed at encouraging and supporting women to pursue a career in medicine in a safe, supportive environment.
The American Medical Student Health Initiative is designed to create an inclusive, diverse medical education environment.
And the National Medical Board has set a goal of recruiting 1,000 female candidates by 2020.
These initiatives and others are only the tip of the iceberg.
Women are working every day to make progress.
For example, a recent study showed that just 8 percent of surgeons, 35 percent of orthopedic surgeons, and 41 percent of general surgeons were female in 2016.
I encourage you to read more about my efforts to change the conversation on gender and medicine and why I think women can make an impact.
I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks and months, and to seeing what happens in the office.
Sincerely, Jennifer L