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Having parents as anesthesiologists does not make my path obstacle free, navigating training with a physical impairment, how the greatest challenges are mental with Dr. Cassie Armstead-Williams

October 16, 2023 Elisha Peterson MD MEd FAAP FASA Season 2 Episode 58
Sevo Sistas
Having parents as anesthesiologists does not make my path obstacle free, navigating training with a physical impairment, how the greatest challenges are mental with Dr. Cassie Armstead-Williams
Show Notes

In this episode, we have the privilege of sitting down with Dr. Cassie Armstead-Williams, a remarkable pediatric anesthesiologist. Dr. Armstead-Williams shares her unique journey. 

Despite having parents who are anesthesiologists, her path to becoming one was far from obstacle-free. Her story is not just about overcoming physical challenges but also about tackling the formidable mental hurdles that accompany the pursuit of a dream. Join us for an inspiring conversation.

Segment 1: Childhood Ambitions and Family Influence

  • Dr. Cassie Armstead-Williams reflects on her early aspirations and how her parents' careers influenced her decisions.
  • The discussion touches on the stereotypes and expectations associated with coming from a family of medical professionals.
  • How her parents initially dissuaded her from pursuing a career in medicine and anesthesiology 

Segment 2: The Reality of a Physical Impairment

  • Dr. Armstead-Williams shares her journey of navigating medical school and residency training while dealing with a physical impairment.
  • The challenges she faced and the lessons she learned from her experiences.

Segment 3: Mental Challenges in Anesthesiology

  • The conversation shifts to the mental challenges Dr. Armstead-Williams encountered in her anesthesiology career.
  • The pressures, stressors, and expectations faced by medical professionals in this field.
  • Strategies for managing the mental and emotional aspects of the job.

Segment 4: Overcoming Stereotypes and Inspiring Others

  • Dr. Armstead-Williams discusses how she has shattered stereotypes and expectations throughout her career.
  • "The medicine is easy but the politics will kill you"
  • Read- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Conclusion:
This episode reminds us that a career in medicine, even with family ties, is a journey filled with obstacles and triumphs. Dr. Cassie Armstead-Williams's story is a testament to the power of resilience, determination, and the strength of the human spirit. We hope her experiences and insights inspire you, no matter where you are on your own path in the world of medicine.

Resources referenced:

  • Read- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Connect with Dr. Valerie Armstead https://www.linkedin.com/in/valerie-armstead-b76b678/

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