South Carolina Doctor Wrote A Kid’s Book To Encourage Children To Become Doctors

Posted On : 04/12/2018

When Ashley Denmark decided to become a doctor, she was met with a lot of criticism. Denmark decided to ignore the naysayers as she pursued her dreams anyway. Now, with the help of her daughter, Denmark wrote a children’s book to inspire children to become doctors.

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Posted by Ashley Denmark on Friday, April 6, 2018

Doctor Inspires Children To Be Doctors With Her New Kids Book:

Dr. Ashley Denmark began medical school when she was 9 months pregnant in 2011. Many people didn’t believe that Denmark could successfully complete medical school while being a new mom but she proved them wrong. When her daughter was born, Dr. Denmark became even more inspired and she continued to pursue her dreams. Throughout her journey, her daughter Olivia has never left her side. In 2015, Denmark graduated from medical school and her daughter Olivia was her biggest cheerleader. From there, Dr. Denmark was inspired to create a book that would encourage children to follow their dreams by becoming a doctor.

On National Doctor’s Day, Because Of Them spoke with Dr. Denmark and she shared how she came to be a children’s author and why the book was so important.

I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter Olivia when I first started medical school in 2011. So many people said it was not possible for me to go to medical school and a be mother at the same time. Rather than give up, the birth of my daughter inspired me go for my dreams of becoming a doctor and she has been with me every step of the journey!
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From my white coat ceremony to my medical school graduation in 2015 when I walked across the stage and was announced as Dr. Ashley Denmark, my daughter has been right by my side cheering me on!
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She and I have teamed up to inspire other children to pursue their dreams and wrote a book called @OliviasDoctorAdventures(now on Amazon) which teaches kids about different medical specialties such as Neurosurgeon, Anesthesiologist, Pediatrician, Dentist, Pharmacist. It’s our hope this book give children the courage to be fearless in the pursuit of their dreams!”- Dr. Denmark, @vintagegal84
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Happy National Doctor’s Day from Dr. Ashley Denmark, who wrote a children’s book with her daughter to inspire kids to become doctors. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter Olivia when I first started medical school in 2011. So many people said it was not possible for me to go to medical school and a be mother at the same time. Rather than give up, the birth of my daughter inspired me go for my dreams of becoming a doctor and she has been with me every step of the journey! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From my white coat ceremony to my medical school graduation in 2015 when I walked across the stage and was announced as Dr. Ashley Denmark, my daughter has been right by my side cheering me on! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She and I have teamed up to inspire other children to pursue their dreams and wrote a book called @OliviasDoctorAdventures (now on Amazon) which teaches kids about different medical specialties such as Neurosurgeon, Anesthesiologist, Pediatrician, Dentist, Pharmacist. It's our hope this book give children the courage to be fearless in the pursuit of their dreams!”- Dr. Denmark, @vintagegal84 #nationaldoctorsday #becauseofthemwecan

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Maybe after reading Dr. Denmark’s book, it may encourage children of color to pursue a field in medicine. While there is no particular physical description of doctors, but maybe with the emergence of doctors of color, what happened to Dr. Denmark won’t happen to another minority doctor.

Dr. Denmark Experienced Discrimination While On A Flight:

Back in October of 2016, Dr. Denmark shared a horrifying experience that happened to her on a flight to Hawaii. Dr. Denmark, a family physician from South Carolina, described an experience of racial discrimination that occurred aboard a Hawaii-bound flight during which crew members announced a passenger had become ill and asked if any doctors were on board. When D. Denmark stepped up to the plate to offer her services, two Caucasian flight attendants allegedly questioned her credentials even after she provided a hospital work id. Denmark shared the experience on her Facebook page.

Last week I flew Delta Airlines flight 2215 and I was not allowed to provide medical care to a passenger in need despite being a licensed physician. The flight attendant didn’t believe I was a doctor and told me to have a seat while 2 nurses provided medical care to the passenger. A similar incident with African American Ob-Gyn #TamikaCross occurred recently when she flew Delta and was also not allowed to provide medical care initially because the flight attendant didn’t believe she was a doctor. I have written about my experience last week with Delta with the hopes of shedding light on this unfair treatment from Delta Airlines. Please read and share!

With Dr. Denmark’s book, hopefully we can change the world’s perception of what a doctor looks like and put a new face on medicine.

 

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