Name: Dr. Queenie Wilkins
Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesiology-Texas Children’s Hospital
Residency: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Medical School: The University of Texas Medical Branch
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Tyler
1) When did you decide you wanted to become a Medical Doctor and what led to this decision?
11th grade. We had to write a paper on our future profession. I did extensive research and decided I wanted to become a doctor at that moment.
2) What was the most difficult part of getting into Medical School for you?
The MCAT. I took it 3 times!!! The first time I didn’t study for it at all. The second time, I took one practice exam prior to the exam. The third time, I took a review course.
3) How did you study for the MCAT? How do you recommend students study for the MCAT?
I eventually succeeded with a paid preparatpry course but if you are well disciplined, you can just buy prep books. I highly recommend taking at least two full length exams prior to the MCAT to get an idea of the timing and also to build up your stamina.
4) What did you do during your undergraduate summers?
Summer 1: Summer School
Summer 2: Summer school
Summer 3: YALE SMEP
Summer 4: MCAT Prep course
5) What is one thing you wish someone told you while you were in college?
I wish someone would have told me to have more fun, not study so much, take non-science classes, and travel abroad.
6) What led you to choose your current specialty?
Lifestyle. I knew that I didn’t want to get paged after work and that I eventually wanted a family, so I chose anesthesiology which would allow me to balance the two.
7) What is one thing that a mentor did for you which has had a lifelong effect on your career?
My undergraduate pre-med mentor told me to choose another career field during my freshman year of college. Four years later, he was writing my recommendation letter for medical school. That was my introduction to having faith in yourself when others don’t.
8) Briefly describe your average work day.
Anesthesia has early mornings. I get to work between 0530 and 0600. I have to see my patient, draw up drugs, set up the operating room, and be ready to start by 0700. My days are very unpredictable and I can get off between 3pm and 8pm.
9) What do you enjoy most about your profession? What do you enjoy least?
I enjoy being able to joke with patients and alleviate their anxiety prior to surgery. I also like dealing with the physiologic derangements that occur during surgery and trying to fix them. What I like least about the profession is that it is becoming more like a business and less like a medical specialty.
10) What words of advice would you like to leave with pre-medical students?
Don’t give up. If you have prayed and know that medicine is where God wants you to be, don’t let any family member, friend or foe deter you from your blessing! Romans 8:28