Hometown: Toronto, ON & Silver Spring, MD
Name of Undergraduate Institution: La Universidad Adventista de las Antillas
Major(s)/Minor(s) in College: Nursing Major
Name of Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Name of Residency Program: Augusta University – Urology
Name of Fellowship Program: University of Alabama at Birmingham – Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS)
Favorite Quote: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis
Contact Info/Additional Links:
Twitter: @RFJ_Urology_IG, @UrologyUnbound, @shene11e
IG: @RFJ_Urology_Interest_Group, @UrologyUnbound, @shenellewilsonMD
FB: Shenelle Wilson, MD
Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?
I recently started my first post-graduate training job at Georgia Urology in Atlanta, Georgia. I chose to first pursue urology then urogynecology because I enjoy helping patients to improve their quality of life and become more comfortable with their bodies. I also recently founded Urology Unbound, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the recruitment, retention and promotion of Black urologists.
If you could go back and have a chat with your naïve college freshman self, what would you tell her?
I would tell her to spend more time networking and learning how to advocate for herself.
What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a similar path as yours?
Don’t get overwhelmed or intimidated by the length of training. My parents always told me that time would pass anyway, so I should do what I love.
What was your favorite thing about your medical school?
I met some of my closest friends in medical school. Nothing bonds a group quite like prepping for USMLE Step 1 together.
What advice would you give to someone getting ready to start their application process to medical schools?
Have multiple knowledgeable friends, family and/or trusted professionals review your application before you submit it.
Did you take some time off before medical school? If so, what did you do during that time?
I worked as a nurse for 3 years prior to starting med school. I traveled and enjoyed a bit of my 20s before starting on the 11-year path to urology/urogynecology.
Thank you for sharing some of your experiences with us Dr. Wilson! We greatly appreciate it and are impressed with the work you are doing for your community!
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Posted on July 2nd, 2021