Name: Hailey Quinn
Medical Title/Credentials: 4th Year Medical Student
School/Program: Boise, Idaho
Favorite Hobby: Reading, playing with my cats, dismantling the patriarchy
Why did you choose this profession? I've always wanted to be a doctor; I think of it more as a calling. When I was four years old, I said I wanted to deliver babies and thought pregnant women were awesome. Working as a doula really solidified this passion (I cried at every birth). Though I've always had an interest in women's health, I found through working and shadowing that my personality meshes well with this profession as a whole. Moreover, I want to work towards fixing our broken healthcare system.
Biggest Inspiration: Strong, powerful, empowering women! My step mom, who worked in construction in the 1970s, surrounded by men who didn't take her seriously but she never backed down. My grandma, who escaped during World War 2 when most of her family died in Auschwitz (she is 93 today and the fiercest lady around). My sisters, my best friends, my role models who constantly encourage and support me. And my sisters in the medical field, empowering and advocating for their patients... like @sliceofannie :)
Current Passion Project: I'm in the works of starting a podcast with some med school friends! I also edit graduate and medical school personal statements in my free time.
Fun Fact: I was in an a Capella group in college -- Soprano 2!
What sort of challenges have you faced in your life & how have you overcome them? Overall in my career and in my personal life, one of my biggest challenges is that I am an empath. I care VERY deeply about a lot of things, which inevitably takes a toll on my wellbeing. I wouldn't say that I've necessarily overcome this but I have adapted and learned the things that are important and worth putting my energy into. For me, it is advocacy and working with vulnerable populations. For the past few years, I've worked at Domestic Violence shelters and on postpartum depression hotlines and I hope to continue this work in some capacity for the rest of my life.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Take care of yourself and prioritize your mental health because at the end of the day, you can't be fully present or help others if you're unable to help and love yourself first. Be sure to seek help when you need it. You're not alone and others have definitely felt the same emotions you're going through right now. Remember why you started this journey. You can do it!
Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? "Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't." Stay humble, have an open mind, and always be willing to learn.