Welcome to my blog! My name is Dr. Danielle Ward, author of Atypical Premed: A Non-Traditional Student's Guide to Applying to Medical School and a current Plastic Surgery Resident Physician located in Miami, Florida.
A little more about me: I am a 35-year-old African-American female and single mother to a super bright and sweet 15-year-old. I graduated from Louisiana State University in 2009 with a BS in Biochemistry (minor in chemistry), and I received a MS in Biochemistry from the University of Saint Joseph in 2013. I graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2018, and completed a Traditional Rotating Internship in General Surgery in 2019. I also practiced as an Urgent Care physician in Atlanta, Georgia for two years before finally matching into an Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency program.
I originally started this blog when I was accepted into medical school so that others on a similar like path could have someone who they could relate to. I noticed that it was very hard to find minority women in osteopathic medicine (or just medicine in general for that matter) on the web, so I wanted to do something to highlight these women. My goal for this blog was to be a source of encouragement and inspiration for young minority females considering medicine, and it has grown to be so much more! It has become a documentation of my journey from newly accepted medical student to now physician! In it you'll find tips for applying to medical school, successfully navigating medical school, and most importantly, I share my journey. From the highs of being a successful medical student to the lows of previously failed match cycles, I share it all. I document my journey so that I can have something to look back on one day as a reminder of how far I have come. I hope it is as enjoyable for you as it is for me :-)
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Other links that can answer the “about me” question are below:
Why I started this blog
My journey to single motherhood