My mother invested her life in ensuring my three sisters and I achieved our dreams and goals. She always said, “You can achieve anything! The world is your oyster as long as you work hard and treat people with respect.”
Her wisdom always stuck with me growing up. I started medical school when I was 19, my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology when I was 23 and then a master’s in epidemiology followed by a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at ages 28 and 29.
I knew I wanted to make a big contribution with my life. When it was time to do my fellowship, the clinic which was considered to be at the forefront of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in North America, Cornell University Medical College in Manhattan, was where I had to be. I wanted to contribute to the ever growing body of knowledge and make a huge impact by helping women and couples build their families. I would have gone to Timbuktu if it was the best place to train, but lucky for me, the clinic was in Manhattan.
I chose my career path because I love the fact that science and technology evolved at a mind bending pace and that kept me challenged intellectually. I also loved that it involved intellect and procedural skill. My patients were extremely motivated and depended on me to make a difference in the destiny of their family. With the advancements in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), we could wipe a lethal gene from their family line and it was those aspects which kept me motivated and inspired to keep doing more.