Name: Kiesha Nicole Benn
Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Residency: Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA
Fellowship/Graduate school: Maternal Fetal Medicine, Second year Fellow at The University of Connecticut Health Center
Medical School: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: City University of New York: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, NY, NY.
1) When did you decide you wanted to become a Medical Doctor and what led to this decision?
I knew I wanted to become a Medical Doctor at age 6; it was an innate desire. During high school I became interested in teen pregnancy and decided I wanted to pursue OBGYN.
2) What was the most difficult part of getting into Medical School for you?
Explaining my grades during sophomore year of high school.
3) How did you study for the MCAT? How do you recommend students study for the MCAT?
I did not have to take the MCAT because I did a 7 year combined BSMD program that guaranteed entry to medical school. However, I am a proponent of review courses and highly recommend them for these standardized exams.
4) What did you do during your undergraduate summers?
Most of my summers were spent taking basic science courses during undergrad. I was able to do a short study abroad during which time I lived with a host family, learned Arabic and toured Morocco. This was an amazing experience and I would encourage students to do a study abroad, if able.
5) What is one thing you wish someone told you while you were in college?
I wish I was told and taught how to “Network” in college. My friends and family in the world of business learn to network upon entering college. Some of my colleagues and I did not acquire networking skills until we started practicing medicine and realized the concept of “who you know”. Moreover, Networking is an invaluable skillset which can lead to numerous mentors, jobs and friendships.
6) What led you to choose your current specialty?
My choice for maternal fetal medicine came about because I enjoyed the intricacies of pregnant women who encountered complex medical issues. This allowed me to then work with them and achieve positive outcomes. Furthermore, I have always had an interest in fetal ultrasound.
7) Briefly describe your average work day.
Currently, I’m in my research year of fellowship. My day starts at 8 am and ends around 4pm. I usually spend my time working on my research project, reading and/or preparing for weekly consultations. Also, I take a course one day of each week. I only come to the hospital to deliver babies or admit patients on the days that I am on call.
8) What do you enjoy most about your profession? What do you enjoy least?
I love performing and reading ultrasounds the most. What I enjoy the least is being on call.
9) What words of advice would you like to leave with pre-medical students?
Dream big and have confidence in yourself! A positive attitude will take you to great heights!
10) If you had to start over and choose a career again, would you pick medicine? Why or why not?
If I had to start over I would absolutely choose medicine. I love the endless learning, challenges, and above all, providing care for my patients.