The Future Dr. Jade O. Norman
We love to feature hard-working and talented individuals who really understand and have a passion for what it takes to become a physician. This article spotlights one of the most ambitious future physicians amongst us: Jade O. Norman. A native of Atlanta, she graduated from Georgia State University in 2018 and in 2021 she completed (with highest honors) her Masters of Health Science Program at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Future of Medicine: (Dr.-to-be) Jade O. Norman
For as long as she can remember, Jade Norman has wanted to become a doctor. She is a natural born healer who easily establishes rapport with everyone she comes into contact with. She is an empathic listener, a skilled communicator and an assertive advocate for those whose voices are being silenced or whose life circumstances prevent them from getting the care they need.
She is passionate about minimizing or completely eliminating health disparities for EVERYONE, with a particular interest in optimizing women's health from ALL perspectives: spiritually, mentally, physically AND financially. As a woman of color, she wants to ensure that Underrepresented Minorities (URMs) not only have a seat at the table in Medicine--she knows that in order to improve population health, WE need to be able to host the banquet and invite others to join and sit with US.
The path she has embarked on in order to achieve her dreams is absolutely brilliant and precedent-setting. She partners with high-achieving women to focus on their zone of genius while prioritizing authenticity.
She is taking her time NOW, well in advance of enrolling in Medical School, to learn the ins and outs of the BUSINESS side of becoming a healer.
She understands like few others (who are decades her senior) just how important it is for healthcare professionals (particularly under-represented minority women) to set and maintain boundaries, both in the workplace and in their personal and professional relationships. She knows her self-worth, how to feed and nurture her soul, and understands the "art of the deal" better than most seasoned negotiators. She comprehends the importance and value of a proper medical education and residency training, knowing that there are no shortcuts when human lives are at stake. She has learned first-hand the power of advocacy and the magic of networking. Perhaps most importantly, she possesses the wisdom,poise, confidence and grace of an old soul.
She doesn't just want to survive as a doctor, she wants to THRIVE and live a holistically rich and fulfilled life, teaching her peers and (eventually) her patients to do the same.
The invaluable lessons that Jade is learning now are NOT currently being taught by ANY existing curriculum. Jade has creatively positioned herself as a consultant and assistant to a cadre of high-achieving physicians, successful entrepreneurs, C-Suite executives and a smattering of other non-healthcare related professionals. Anyone who meets Jade immediately recognizes her talent, insight and worth. Her consulting business has grown so rapidly that she has a waiting list for new clients, and may be seriously contemplating putting off applications for medical school for another year.
She is a self-guided entrepreneur in her own right, who has made a name for herself by becoming an executive Virtual Assistant specializing in project management, content curation, and back-end support for some of the biggest names in Medicine today.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” - Maya Angelou
Jade is using the knowledge she is gaining to mentor and train other young future professionals. She is co-author of the best-selling book Beyond Beautiful: A Girls Guide to Studying, Self-Care, and Staying Focused During Difficult Times, and very active in the Madam Dreamers Academy, a unique premed/ prehealth health online mentoring, coaching, and support group which serves as a pipeline to increase diversity in medicine and serve as support and motivation for young women along their journey.
One of the projects that Jade is most proud to be involved with is her role as content editor and event co-organizer/assistant for The Table by Brave Enough, the ONLY professional membership group that meets both the professional and personal needs of high-achieving women. She wrote an article for Physician Outlook about the BE2021 Conference, which for many attendees (including herself) was the first "in-person" event in 1.5 years due to the pandemic. She is looking forward to attending this fall's BE2022:THRIVE conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The future is bright for the future (Dr.) Jade O. Norman, and we are excited to watch her shine!