Name: Stephany Giraldo Eierle DO, MPH
Medical Title/Credentials: PGY1 Family Medicine Resident
School/Program: Currently a resident at UMass in Worcester. Graduated medical school from NSU KPCOM and obtained my masters at UMiami.
Favorite Hobby: Too many! I love dancing! Also, spending time cooking & reading poems with my hubs & our doggy daughter cookie; all while holding a cup of coffee or glass of wine.
Why did you choose this profession? No matter how little we had, my parents always made it a point to help others, so I knew I wanted to get into a profession where I could do that. Being a primary care doctor allows me to be their for my patient and their family for their health needs but also allows me to address social factors that could be contributing to their quality of life or lack there of.
Biggest Inspiration: My dad. He is the hardest working person I have ever known. He came to this country with nothing but the clothes on his back and worked endlessly to learn a new language and bring our family out of poverty.
Current Passion Project: At the moment it's my IG. I've made it a point to be vulnerable and talk about my experiences to motivate others to pursue their dreams and love who they are. I've received such amazing feedback about how my story has inspired my followers to do x, y, or z or has given them hope that they can do whatever they want if they work hard enough.
Fun Fact: I love doing low budget DIY projects!
How do you get over the troubled times? I'm a true believer in life being 10% circumstance and 90% outlook. So I try to approach situations as lessons and learn from them. I also make sure to take extra me time when I'm extremely overwhelmed.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Don't give up! This is a hard field to get into and you're probably going to fumble along the way, but do not be discouraged. No matter how long you take, or how many obstacles you face, keep going. You'll thank yourself for your resilience once you get there.
Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? "Regardless of parentage, heritage or origin, dreams are meant to be pursued and grasped and pulled from the sky. If you work hard, educate yourself, strive, and never forget to be kind to others, your dreams can come true."