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Black doctor shares historic figure she looked up to overcome obstacles

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was America’s first black female physician in 1873
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Posted at 7:07 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 08:07:00-05

WAUKESHA CO. — This Black History Month, we are honoring those who shaped our future.

A Waukesha County doctor says she looked up to the first black female doctor in the country to overcome the obstacles that stood in her way.

Dr. Christina Meyer graduated from medical school at Loyola University in 2002, “[It was a] class of 150 and we only had four African Americans in our class.”

It was a huge accomplishment for her, but more hurdles would come in residency.

“I definitely had some professors preceptors in rotations that were derogatory towards women,” said Dr. Meyer. “Like you weren’t supposed to be there.”

Through it all, Dr. Meyer looked to a 19th Century Trailblazer for motivation. Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was America’s first black female physician in 1873. Dr. Meyer added.

“Overcame all these obstacles to become a Black female physician which I know was very difficult at that time and that was very inspiring.”

Now at Aurora Medical Center in Waukesha County since last year, Dr. Meyer now has about 1,000 patients.

She hopes more young Black students will be inspired to become a doctor, just like her.

“We definitely need you in the field!” Said Dr. Meyer, adding, “You can be whatever you wanna be truly you have a goal to have a career in medicine stick to that goal.”

Click here to learn more about Dr. Meyer.

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