Ashley Roxanne Peterson, 24, has become the first-ever Black person in history to become an Osteopathic doctor. Her journey to becoming a doctor started at a young age when she caught the passion of serving others from her parents.
According to Face2FaceAfrica.com, Ashley’s parents spend their lives in service to the military and education. Ashley became very interested in helping other people in society.
As she grew, her interest in science also grew and she decided to use that to fulfil her goal of impacting society.
Becoming the youngest and only black person to attain the feat is great, but not totally surprising. Reports indicate that Ashley has always had a record of being the youngest person in the classes she enrolled in.
She graduated from high school when she was only 15 and was able to enrol in university before turning 16. She was enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.
When Ashley turned 19, she was able to start medical school and successfully graduate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Not long after, the brilliant young woman also kickstarted her family medicine residency at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2019.
With her interest still fixed on transforming lives and making an impact in the lives of others, Ashley did not just stroll through school. She put her spare time to good use which would benefit others.
As a student, she started up a medical blog known as ‘Daily Medicine’. The purpose of the initiative was to provide adequate information and assistance to students who had an interest in pursuing medicine.
With the help of the initiative, dozens of students were able to gain admission into several medical schools. In just a matter of three years, Ashley’s blog had 5,000 participants, over 100,000 engagements and 10 different fields of experts offering help on the platform.
Being the youngest in her class, Ashley says life had been tough. Her abilities were doubted on countless occasions but with perseverance, she was able to push through. One of her favourite lines is, “if you fall nine times stand up ten times.”