Y’all have done it now.

Last night, like every Wednesday night, I met with the Black women in medicine that I am blessed to coach in our freedom community, MPOWERED. However, this night I was keenly aware of recognize the healing they needed and I needed the healing that only comes in a space specifically for supporting and protecting Black women.

But this week, the healing was so palpable because the pain this country had unleashed in one night was so extraordinary.

We pour so much of our energy into whatever we do, and in doing so, always elevate it…

Freedom has been dangerous for me.

Independence has been defined as freedom from the control or influence of others. Often, as a Black woman physician, I have spent many hours of my life looking for “opportunities” and “spaces” where I could be free.

This was the problem.

All my life, I have been looking for the opportunity- a space and time- when someone would give me permission to be free. As if my freedom was meant to be confined- only tolerable in certain areas, at certain times and with certain groups of people. So, here’s was the big epiphany for…

When the life left his body, he took a little piece of all of us with him. The question, is what do we do with the life we have left.

I am a doctor and police murder and brutality is a public health crisis- and in my role, I am compelled to act. Physicians once again have to come to the front lines. Yet, the silence is palpable. It is clear, that our country, our health institutions and our professional organizations have not unanimously recognized this virus and pandemic and the need to treat. I am at a loss about…

Dr. Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo

I am valuable.

Seems a simple enough statement, but after spending my life laser focused on doing— getting my medical degree, going to the best training program, volunteering for all of the committees, writing the research papers, completing more leadership training program — I realized I subconsciously was not just trying to improve myself, I was trying to prove to myself that I was valuable.

Of course, I knew I was valuable, right? I was the first one to cosign onto #Blackgirlmagic and memorize every James Baldwin and Maya Angelou quote I could, but I do believe now many of…

Lessons from the Netflix miniseries, “Self-Made”, inspired by Madam CJ Walker.

If you asked me a few years ago whether I, a Black woman who wanted to be a pediatrician since I was 5 years old, was going to be an entrepreneur, the answer would have been a resounding and very adamant “No”.

However, as the founder of 2 startups in the past 2 years, I am now well aware of how quickly things can change.

Let me start from the beginning. In 2018, I was minding my own business, doing what good physicians do- wake up, go to a hospital or clinic, see patients, do paperwork and do it all…

So here’s what I learned this week. It’s true your network IS really your net worth.

This week, Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood was featured in ESSENCE magazine. After the overwhelming giddiness of seeing my name was in the article, I fundamentally am aware of the one thing that led to this- having a network.

As a Black woman and physician, I am not vulnerable with my personal thoughts and opinions, especially in the workplace. For good reason though, because we as Black women continue to face bias and discrimination whenever we speak up and speak out. Yet along with that protective armor, we also limit our ability to connect with others, share our value and impact…

Since July 2019, I have had the honor to create and cultivate a safe space where Black moms can connect and talk about themselves, not their kids, called Supermom Rehab.

Over the same past 6 months, I have also witnessed that there is an epidemic of black women physicians (many who are moms) who are leaving medicine because they are also navigating the need to be perfect, enduring bias from colleagues and having their voice dismissed when trying to improve health settings for black populations. Luckily, this has been voiced by other Black women physicians, including Uche Blackstock and showcased…

I’ve become really good at hiding.

It’s probably the reason I love my winter coat. It hides pretty much half of my face.

For the last 18 years, I, like many other women physicians, have become really proficient at hiding behind another coat- the white coat.

And if you are a black woman wearing that white coat, you become really good at hiding. We become adept at hiding our speech, our natural hair, our background and our anger at a system that tells us that we can only thrive if we aren’t ourselves. Make the patients comfortable.

Don’t make waves…

I remember being ushered into an empty office and sitting down in a red chair placed directly in front of a cherry wood desk. Picture frames of a white family — mother, father, daughter, son- graced the desk in the office. I glanced repeatedly at the walls were decorated with multiple framed diplomas as I sat nervously in the chair. Abruptly, the door swings open and a slender white woman with a brown bob dressed in a grey suit rushes into the room and seats herself behind the cherry-wood desk. She apologizes for her tardiness and introduces herself as the…

As a Black woman and pediatrician, I’m accustomed to viruses. That’s literally 80% of what I do. Yet this past week, I saw how one virus could invade not just our bodies but our way of life. In these crisis situations, many of us as Black women have been trained to default to the path of superwoman. Here’s why we should choose ourselves now more than ever.

In this climate of the Coronavirus, it is so easy as a physician to shift into a mindset where nothing else matters except the patient. We quickly shift quickly shift into going above and beyond, working to the point that we compromise our own health and well-being. We learn very early in our training that self-sacrifice is normal- a belief which is a guiding principle in the culture of medicine. I can say that I’ve even to some extent brought this sacrificial culture into my household. However, there is a double burden as Black women. We learn self- sacrifice very…

Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo

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