Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Eva Beaulieu.
Dr. Eva, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My patients know me as Dr. Eva. I am a board certified Internal Medicine Hospitalist based in Atlanta. I grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and came to the United States at the age of 14. This journey hasn’t been easy as I had to master a new language and adjust to a new culture. But despite the many obstacles that came my way, I was able to pursue my dream in a world where women have to work twice as hard to get half as much credit as a man. I went on to become a doctor!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For generations, women have succumbed to the power play that men have played. With the dawn of the millennium, women are ready for a tough fight. But why is it that as women we are still stalling out? Why is it that the higher we try to go, the harder it gets? It’s true that we have come a long way. But there is still so much work be done!
I can honestly say that for me it hasn’t been a smooth road. I’ve had to prove myself over and over again. If I had achieved something it was often because I was seen as lucky not because I had earned it. I’ve had to prove that my success wasn’t due to luck, or that I didn’t have help, or somehow that I had it easy.
What I’ve realized is that challenges are everywhere and are apart of our daily living. Instead of dreading the challenges, I have learned to treat them as stepping stones of success which has allowed me to hardly feel the magnitude they once posed. I’ve learned to believe in myself, be proud of my achievements, that I am worth it and that I don’t have to prove THAT to anyone!
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am an Internal Medicine Hospitalist. To simplify, I am a dedicated in-patient physician who works exclusively in a hospital.
Hospitals are constant learning environments due to access to and interaction with other specialties. The beauty of hospital medicine is the variety of patients, disease presentations and personal interactions required to care for people during a very vulnerable time. When the patient is discharged, the hospitalist’s duties end.
What I am most proud of being able to be in a position to inspire others. And what motivates me is the need for visibility, especially in this current climate. Visibility brings with it a degree of scrutiny. It brings a sense of being a role model whether I like it or not. I want to show other women that if I push for change they can too.
Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
Ideally, we want to live in a world in which every woman and girl can create the kind of life she wishes to lead, unconstrained by harmful norms and stereotypes. Or even a world where women are economically empowered.
Empowering women is the key! When a woman is empowered lives are transformed. When a woman is empowered she knows that confidence, intelligence, and fierce determination are the only tools she needs to achieve anything she sets her mind to. So, no, I do not feel that there are any particular opportunities that women are positioned for, but instead, I feel that women are positioned for EVERY opportunity! If a man can do it, a woman can too.
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