Doctor Practices Medicine, Mentoring in New Haven Practice

By Abdul-Karim, Shahid | New Haven Register (New Haven, CT), June 15, 2015 | Go to article overview

Doctor Practices Medicine, Mentoring in New Haven Practice


Abdul-Karim, Shahid, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


NEW HAVEN » Briana Service dreams of becoming a pediatrician one day. And through the guidance of Dr. Tamiko Jackson-McArthur, her dream may become a reality.

Jackson-McArthur, who's a pediatrician and owner of New Haven Pediatric and Adolescent Medical Services, serves as a mentor for young people aspiring to become medical doctors.

It's one of her ways of paying it forward.

"She plays a big role for kids in our community and to see where she is now helps us to think broad; just to know she did it is encouragement for us," said Briana, 15, a student at James Hillhouse High School.

"Everything is not limited for us and we have the chance and tools we need to get there," said Briana, who has been a mentee of Jackson-McArthur since March.

"She's been my doctor since I was a kid, and watching her passion and positive attitude motivates me to take on the challenge," she said.

Briana said under Jackson-McArthur's tutelage, she's learning the importance of patient confidentiality and professional conduct in the workplace.

"She's teaching me these little skills while I shadow her with patients," she said.

Jackson-McArthur is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, who completed her undergraduate studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and went on to Howard University College School of Medicine, earning a medical degree.

"I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but I didn't know I wanted to be a pediatrician until I got to medical school," she said.

"I like the lifestyle and getting to know families and watching children grow from birth to adulthood; that's what drew me to pediatrics."

After medical school, Jackson-McArthur did her residency at the Children's Hospital of New Jersey.

She returned to New Haven in 1998 and began working for a local hospital, but realized the hospital climate wasn't for her.

"I had to open my own practice, because I didn't feel that my way of practicing medicine would come to fruition working for someone else or in a hospital," said Jackson-McArthur, who opened her practice in 2006.

"I knew what I wanted to do in pediatric medicine in New Haven was beyond what others could have imagined," she said. "There are more components to pediatric medicine than working in a hospital setting."

But owning a practice has had its challenges, according Jackson- McArthur.

"The challenges are all operational. You don't learn business in medical school; it's on-the-job training if you don't have a business background," she said.

"You don't open your practice loving the business aspect, you open it loving medicine."

Jackson-McArthur said part of her success as an owner was surrounding herself with individuals who understood business management.

"There are (testing) and trying moments, but I love being a business women now; it's extremely rewarding."

Despite significant financial and social obstacles, African American women-owned businesses continue to grow, according to the Center for American Progress website. …

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