Sharon Griswold, MD MPH

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Never let anyone tell you what you are good at and what you aren't good at.

What do you do?

I am a frontline, emergency medicine physician. I am a physician educator, dedicated to training the next generation of physicians.

Why did you choose this field?

Two men talked me into becoming a doctor. I owe a gratitude of thanks to Frank and Sam. They told me I would never be happy knowing everything about one thing. They encouraged me to become a doctor and know something about everything and take care of people. I chose emergency medicine because I loved all physician specialties. I loved surgery, taking care of children and delivering babies. I enjoy listening to patients and figuring out what is wrong with them and what they need.

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

I am the only physician in my family. The younger me wouldn't have even dreamt of becoming a doctor.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I really enjoy being a science detective. I listen and examine patients. I obtain data and use informed judgments to help determine diagnoses and treatment. I thrive on helping others when they need it most. No one expects to come to the emergency room. It can be the worst day of your life. I look forward to teaching younger clinicians how to take great care of you and your family.

Best advice for next generation?

Never let anyone tell you what you are good at and what you aren't good at. Reinforce behaviors that move away from how you and other girls look. Move toward how you think, feel and become empowered by science, technology, engineering and math.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. (attributed to Suzy Kassem)

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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