Women in Medicine – Dr. Amy Shepherd Q&A

Sep 18, 2020 | News

1. Why did you pursue medicine?

Even from an early age, I have always felt drawn to the medical profession. Being a physician allows me to use my talents in the service of others.

2. What made you choose pediatrics?  

I did not start out my medical training with any particular interest in pediatrics, however, during my clinical rotation at Batson Children’s Hospital, I quickly discovered that pediatrics was my true calling.  The children always had the same goal – to get better quickly so that they could get back to playing.  It was such a refreshing change from taking care of adult patients in the hospital.  When people ask me how I can take care of kids, I always respond that the kids are easy, it’s the old folks that I find challenging.

3. What do you love most about your job?

As a pediatrician in a small community, I have really enjoyed getting to know the families.  Many times my initial encounter with a family starts at the two-week visit. Those first few months of life can often times be challenging.  Helping families through that time develops a bond between us that lasts for years.  Other times, I meet a new family that has moved to the area and needs help establishing a medical home for their children.  I strive to welcome them and make them feel comfortable with entrusting me with their children’s medical care.

4. What would you tell a younger girl who wants to be a doctor?

I would encourage anyone who has an interest in medicine to seek out a mentor.  Often times, someone’s perception of medicine may not be reality.  The mentor can serve as a guide as well as offer advice.  Most importantly, always remember that hard work and perseverance will pay off in the end.


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