Jasmine D. Douglas, MD, is a first-year family medicine resident at the health science center at UT Tyler. Dr. Douglas is involved in multiple organizations such as the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leaders Institute, Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) Resident Liaison and the TAFP Taskforce for the development of the family medicine leadership experience for resident physicians in Texas. She is also a member of the health science center’s family medicine residency recruitment committee.
Dr. Douglas received her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry from Xavier University of New Orleans, Louisiana, where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Douglas was recently recognized as one of four 2021 TAFP top institute scholars, the only first-year resident receiving such recognition in the entire state. Congratulations, Dr. Douglas!
What made you decide to attend the health science center at UT Tyler?
There were many wonderful factors that led me to attend the health science center. I loved the camaraderie among the residents, the focus on wellness, and that the residents chose many different career paths after graduating from the program. I knew that I would be well supported in whatever endeavors I chose. After my interview with family medicine program director Dr. Menard, it sealed the deal. I knew that I, too, had an advocate that would work for my best interests during my training.
What are your interests in your field?
I am interested in women’s health, addiction medicine, and health policy. Family medicine is the greatest specialty because I can explore so many avenues of medicine!
What is your favorite thing about East Texas?
I am from Shreveport, Louisiana and I love that Tyler feels like home. Everyone is so warm and welcoming. I am still exploring the area and am enjoying the restaurants and shops in South Tyler. I look forward to attending the different local festivals and fairs in the future.
What is the most helpful advice you have ever received? Who has influenced you most in life?
I would say my parents are my biggest influences. My father always reminds me to “remain humble.” As a servant leader I have learned to focus on those who are not as fortunate as me. The greatest benefits come from serving others. My mother always reminds me of my “inner joy.” I must enjoy every moment as it comes and not be too hard on myself when things do not go as planned. There is always a life lesson in everything. They have been a wonderful support system throughout my life, and I am so thankful to have them.
What are you plans upon completion of your medical degree?
I plan to focus my career on patient advocacy in the underserved community. As a child, I was able to see firsthand the social inequities of underserved populations and how they correlate with health disparities. I want to be a voice and advocate for those populations.