Hello SOTGC community,
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Dr. Brandi Upton, vascular surgery Fellow at Scripps Clinic (she has just graduated and will be moving to the mid west soon.) Thought I wasn’t able to sit down with her since she had gone to a local Panera Bread to write a presentation, however Brandi was kind enough to email me back her interview questions. Dr. Brandi Upton is currently doing a vascular surgery Fellowship at Scripps Health/UCSD. She grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana which is a small town of about 40,000 people in the southern parts of Louisiana, the heart of “Cajun Country”.
Brandi is the only child of parents that have been married for about 37 years. Her Father works for Texaco and her Mother stayed at home to raise her. When asked “how long have you wanted to be a Doctor?” the answer was: “For as long as I can remember, but I was told it was my Grandmother who told me that’s what I wanted to be”. Not only is Brandi the first in her family to become a Doctor, she is also the first to go to college. She attended Medical School and did her general surgery residency in Shreveport, Louisiana at LSUHS.
What is the one trait you admire most in others?
What is the one trait you admire most in yourself?
Looking back at your career, what is the one thing internal to yourself that you believe held you back?
My fear of failing
Looking back at your career, what is the one thing external to yourself that you believe held you back?
Which inner most quality do you believe has helped you the most in your career?
Which internal quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
I don’t think there is any one quality that sets women back. I believe it depends on the person.
Which external quality do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
I think juggling family and career is hard and has the potential to set women back but again it depends on the person and her priorities.
What is the hardest lesson for working women to learn?
That some things you just can’t change. I don’t believe you can change some people’s opinions on women in the workplace and trying isn’t worth it.
Favorite quote at the moment.
A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. -Coco Chanel
Which book is on your nightstand?
50 Shades of Grey and The Journal of Vascular Surgery
Who is your favorite heroine in fiction (or on television/movies)?
Jennifer Garner in Alias
The quality you admire most in a man?
In a woman?
A virtue you believe is underrated?
What is your idea of happiness?
Enjoying my job and being surrounded by people that love me
What do you value most in friends?
What, in your mind, would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Not being able to use your talents
What is your greatest fear?
What is your greatest extravagance?
I love purses
What has been your most precious journey?
My journal to become a surgeon
In your career, what has been your greatest regret?
Can’t say I have any
Which talent would you most like to have had in terms of your career?
To become so confident in my skills by the time I graduate that I know I always have done the best I can for my patients
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
That might be a better question for my friends.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What do you think is the greatest difference between our mother’s generation and our own?
I think it would be our courage to change things and go against tradition
One piece of advice to young women in the workplace.
Don’t give up. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen.
Marney Reid is a Marketing Program Manager for a global industry leader in medical device. She is also the Founder of Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling. She has nine years of sales experience in male dominated industries and is transcending the Glass Ceiling by using her authentic value proposition as a competitive advantage.