Newswire:  Chicago twin sisters clear hurdles to become top doctors

 By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia

 Two sisters – Brandi and Brittany Jackson

They are sisters – twins to be correct – and both are medical doctors and were born and raised in a town in Ohio called Twinsburg, a segregated, lower-income and primarily African American area. Both say they’ve always been drawn to science and excelled academically which led to each being in Advanced Placement and Honors courses in school. Frequently the only African Americans in their classrooms, the twins endured their share of racism. There’s a pressure to perform and be on when you’re the only person of color in a space, lest you inadvertently perpetuate stereotypes about your race to non-people of color, they said. But, none of that prevented them from succeeding. Both would go on to become elected as chief residents in their respective residency programs at the University of Illinois and today they are practicing physicians whose primary patients include many in underserved populations in Chicago – Brandi in the Department of Psychiatry and Brittani in the College of Medicine-Family Medicine. In an effort to give back, the twins have co-founded Medlikeme.com, a resource for high school, pre-med and others to submit questions that will be answered by medical students, physicians and other professionals.

The website is scheduled to launch Nov. 5.

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