A woman has made history after becoming the first Black person to complete the Baylor College of Medicine’s neurosurgeon residency. The lady named Dr. Venita Simpson achieved a rare feat in history, and now, she has become the first Black woman to ever finish this type of training.
According to Because of Them We Can, the neurosurgery department is one of Baylor’s highest-ranked departments in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.
The Baylor College of Medicine’s neurosurgeon residency was established as an accredited program since 1958, but it wasn’t until 61 years later that a Black woman completed the program.
The neurosurgery department, which is housed at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, is one of Baylor’s highest-ranked departments in overall scores and in the nation.
Simpson, however, faced a bit of an obstacle in getting into the school once she figured out she wanted to go to medical school.
“When I knew I wanted to go to medical school, my high school guidance counselor told me to be realistic,” the MD told BOTWC. “Even though I had a 4.0 GPA, she recommended another student of privilege for the scholarship I was applying.
"When I originally applied to Neurosurgery, I did not match, but I dug my heels in, got back on the grind and matched the second time around. Never let anyone tell you what you can’t do. God is always in control and has a plan far greater than you imagine if you keep faith.”
Going to medical school has been practically a life-long dream for Simpson, who said her own experience led her down that career path. While Simpson did not expect to make history, she has envisioned herself as a doctor since she was a little girl.
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