Name:Shanika Esparaz, MD
Location: Pepper Pike, OH
School/Program: Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine
Currently Wearing: The Rebecca Slim Fit Premium Stretch Lab Coat
Why did you choose your profession?:
I've wanted to be a doctor for as long as I remember. I wanted to go into medicine to create a long lasting and positive impact on someone else's life. When I saw my first cataract surgery, I knew instantly that I wanted to dedicate my career to saving and improving vision.
Current Passion Project:
I am passionate about a showing the real "behind the scenes" look into life in medicine. I especially want to uplift and empower young girls and other women to see that they can be a wife, mother, and surgeon while having a fulfilling life. That is why I started my professional instagram account @shani_eye_md. I recently started an account with my husband who is also in medicine. He is an interventional radiologist, and together we have created @xennialmds to bring awareness to how millennial and generation x doctors are approaching medicine and making it work for their lifestyle!
Who was/is your inspiration?
My mother, hands down. My mother is a family medicine physician. When she came to America she had to repeat all her training to be credentialed (residency). She then went on to open her own solo practice for 26 years! In an era (90's), she showed that you could be a female business owner, wife, mother, and doctor. She brought her patient charts to our after school activities and always made sure to have fruit roll ups and dunkaroos.
Fun Fact 1:
I'm a first generation American- my family is from Sri Lanka!
Fun Fact 2:
I'm a sucker for cookie dough, chocolate, and anything breakfast related.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
See any failures as stepping stones to success. I had C's on my undergrad transcript. I did poorly on my MCATs (twice!). I didn't go to a highly ranked medical school, but it was the best fit for me. I still matched into a competitive specialty with grit, determination, and perseverance.
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