Patricia Kelly Marsh, MD

Physician (Kaiser Permanente), Associate Professor (Morehouse School of Medicine) & CEO and Founder of Background Noise, LLC

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If you want to pursue a career in STEM, be resilient, be courageous and never ever give up!

What do you do?

I am first and foremost a teacher and a student. I love to learn and I love to teach even more! This exchange of knowledge is how I approach each of my jobs. I teach my patients how to understand and treat themselves. I empower them with a knowledge of what's happening in their bodies, so they can create improved outcomes. I learn from my patients the real life of what a text book seeks to teach. I'm a teacher of medical students and residents at Morehouse School of Medicine in the Family Medicine Department, precepting at the H.E.A.L Clinic, a student run clinic helping the uninsured obtain free healthcare. Again, I exchange knowledge of how I approach patients and learn from medical students and residents how evidence based medicine is changing the approach to healthcare. Lastly, as CEO and Founder of Background Noise, LLC, I am learning the terrain technology and building interactive music apps that I hope to create interactions all over the world, teaching the world to connect with one another through times as these.

Why did you choose this field?

I came from College Park, GA, a predominantly black suburban neighborhood and my parents were not doctors. I became the first physician in my family through advancing in science and mathematics. From the age of 3, I recall my father lecturing me and my three older siblings on Saturday Mornings, Family Devotion. This was truly the spark of my love for education and dedication to learning. I pursued medicine after my father cultivated my advancement in science by incorporating computer games. Family Medicine chose me. I wanted to pursue a career as a surgeon, but my failure of STEP 1 designated my fate. The most important lesson is learning from failures. Transform failures into resilience, courage and strength, empowering us to pursue our future career with an open mind and open arms. My pursuits into the world of technology also chose me. I deem it divine; the ideas inside my mind were so far from my expertise, I could only accredit them to something larger than myself.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I know younger me would be proud of the way I continue to pursue all my dreams. I am happy to have grown up with a mindset that truly believed in my Elementary School's Motto: "If you can believe it, you can achieve it." I live to this motto today and will continue to do so and teach others to believe it as well.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I wake up for the advancement! I wake up for the discovery of the unknown, in both technology and medicine. There is always a new frontier in my fields that leaves room for true transformation and innovation. My future patents await me, just one thought away. I love working in STEM because it keeps me believing in a hope for an improved future.

Best advice for next generation?

If you want to pursue a career in STEM, be resilient, be courageous and never ever give up! You can do it!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Do to others as you would have them do to you."-JC

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