Kerry-Ann Mitchell: Waitress Turns Surgeon Scientist After 20 Years

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After 20 years, waitress achieves her dream of being a surgeon. It indeed pays to persist

“My last full time job was a waitress at BiBiBips Bar and Grill in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Every morning, I would wake up at 5 am, walk almost a mile to catch the bus from Gibraltar to Moneague, then another one to Ocho Rios, and an hour and a half later be at work by 7:30am. I loved my job- my coworkers were the friendliest group of people you ever met, and we treated each other like family. We looked forward to cruise ship days when the restaurant would be packed with tourists and at the end of the day you were just exhausted, but you had a good day.

But, it wasn’t my destiny; it was just a temporary stop on my way to becoming a doctor. It’s a long story from BiBiBips to Benedict College 🙂

*Bachelors Degree in Biology : 4 years
*PhD in Neuroscience: 4 years
*Post-doctoral Fellow: 1 year
*Medical School: 4 years
* Residency: 6 years
* Neuroplastic Surgery Fellow: 1 year

Twenty years later, I’m finally done with training and am excited to start the job I was destined for: Neuroplastic surgeon scientist at The Ohio State University!!

She is currently a Neuroplastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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