Becoming a Physicist: All thanks to my mentor
I must admit that I was reluctant to join this Mentoring program because I was on the fence about continuing with my physics degree and I wasn't convinced that having a mentor would help me figure that out. After hearing a few positive stories about mentoring from my faculty advisor, I decided to give it a try... and I'm so glad I did! Dr. Newton turned out to be such a helpful guide to me over the past six months. We discussed some of my questions about pursuing a career in physics, and he invited me to collaborate with him on his upcoming journal article. Through shadowing him and working with his Grad Assistants on research, I gained firsthand insight into what it would be like to dive into this career. My horizons were expanded and I learned more about myself. All the credit goes to Dr. Newton and this incredible mentoring program!
My real thoughts about mentoring
I've always scoffed at the term "mentor." So many friends from my major would brag about their incredible mentors, and I felt like it was all for show. But as I've grown older, I've found that there have been key conversations with alumni that have been formative to my career. You could call those "mentoring moments." Because of those moments, I joined this mentoring program with the hopes that I could give back a bit, and it has been such a gratifying experience. I've enjoyed meeting these fantastic students and hearing their accomplishments and dreams. I've been able to challenge and encourage along the way, but mainly, I've been impressed. I feel like our community will be in good hands in the next 50 years.
Dr. Pamela Martin received her BS in Animal Science from Tuskegee University and DVM from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (TUSVM) in 2001. She completed a 1 year rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at TUSVM in 2002, and following internship, Dr. Martin worked as a small animal associate veterinarian at Beltsville Animal Hospital in Beltsville, Maryland. Dr. Martin entered a Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency and pursued graduate studies at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and completed the residency in 2007.
Since 2007, Dr. Martin has been on faculty at TUCVM as an Assistant Professor (Small Animal Medicine), Course Coordinator for the 3rd year Medicine and Surgery courses, and as a Small Animal Internist in the TU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She is the Section Chief for Small Animal and serves on numerous College and University committees. Dr. Martin’s areas of research and special interest include Hematology, Canine and Feline Blood-borne protozoal diseases, and Immunology.
Alumni Dr Christopher Inniss c/o 1999 featured
I was featured in a recent article about "Black LGBTQ Veterinarians" that mentions TUCVM.