Thursday, March 17, 2022
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Spotlight on Dr. Regina Lewis, family physician and alumnus of OSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Where do you come from?
What led you to attend OSU as a medical student?
I grew up around the corner from the OSU Center for Health Sciences and remember visiting medical school as a kid.
What led you to later practice at OSU Medicine and become a clinical faculty member?
I was a patient at the family medicine clinic when I was a child… Later, I trained as a resident there. I wanted to work in a practice that I had a history with. I wanted to let other kids of color see someone who looked like them, which I never saw as a patient at the health care center.
How long have you been at OSU as a physician and clinical professor? What subjects or courses do you teach?
I started practicing at the OSU Family Medicine Clinic in 2007. I have been involved in midwifery classes, teaching breast and pelvic exams, small group discussions, and co-coordinating courses for some of the global health travels since I have been a faculty member at OSU. -CHS.
Why did you want to be a doctor?
I originally wanted to be a cardiologist when I was a kid. Later, I witnessed how people advised pregnant teenagers to forget about their dreams. I knew I had to work in women’s health as a family physician so that I could stay in touch with teenage mothers and their babies and provide them with encouragement that they might not receive at home. House.
Have you been encouraged to pursue medical studies by teachers, professors, family and friends?
I am the first in my family to be a doctor. My family encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor.
You said you haven’t seen many doctors and medical professionals who look like you? Did this influence your decision to go into medicine?
Growing up, I didn’t see doctors who looked like me. Being a woman of color made me want to provide a space for patients who look like me to feel comfortable with their health care provider.
Why is diversity important for medicine and health care?
Diversity is important for medicine and health care. I think it’s important for patients to see providers who look like them. It is important for providers to be aware of different cultures, in addition to the health inequities that exist between people of color and non-people of color and how systemic racism also leads to health inequity.