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Dismissed No More: Dr. Angela Marshall’s Fight for Patient Advocacy and Empowerment 

Dr Angela Marshall
Dr Angela Marshall

*Dr. Angela Marshall is a dedicated physician, successful author, and a powerful voice for change in the healthcare industry. With over twenty years of experience in her field, Dr. Marshall has paved her way to success against all odds. From living below the federal poverty level to becoming a renowned doctor and author, her story is an inspiring testament to perseverance and resilience.

Finding Her Path: Engineering and a Leap of Faith

Growing up in a family struggling with poverty, Dr. Marshall’s dream of becoming a doctor seemed unattainable. Putting common sense over passion, she decided to study engineering and was able to secure a valuable scholarship to fund her education. This strategic move provided her with a strong foundation for her future career and helped her afford the medical education she had always aspired to. “It was a hard choice, but I made sure that I would be able to go to medical school with my engineering degree.  I never fully gave up on my dream.”

The Turning Point: Returning to Her Childhood Passion

Following her graduation, Dr. Marshall began a well-paying job as an electrical engineer for the government. Despite the financial security, she found herself unhappy and unfulfilled. After work, she spent countless hours volunteering in her community, ultimately realizing her true calling was a career dedicated to helping others. “One night I had an epiphany. If I had continued in a career of medicine, I would be fulfilling this need to make a difference around me and help others.” Embracing her passion, she decided to attend medical school. This would prove to be just the beginning of her journey to making a meaningful difference in the world.

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Personal Experience and Loss

Dr. Marshall’s zeal for medicine was further fueled by a heart-wrenching personal experience: “I had my first son during my second year of school and he battled a congenital birth defect. It was mild and doctors told us not to be concerned for him or future children.” A few years later, she had her second son, and he was diagnosed with a more severe case of the same disorder. “We did our best to manage everything, but everything changed in one day.” Noticing that her son was having an emergency, she rushed him to the hospital for care. When she arrived, the doctor dismissed her concerns and failed to provide the necessary care. Tragically, Dr. Marshall lost her son at the hospital while waiting for him to be admitted. This devastating event ignited her determination to help others navigate the healthcare system and receive the care they deserve.

Lessons from ‘Dismissed: Tackling the Biases That Undermine Our Healthcare”

“I don’t want to bash other doctors. There are a lot of good ones, but we must address the bias that takes place in healthcare.” For Dr. Marshall, this bias is not as simple as racism or discrimination. “It can be anything. It’s fully natural for all of us to have bias. We need to recognize that and make sure it doesn’t cloud our judgment and our service.” Dr. Angela Marshall’s book, ‘Dismissed: Tackling the Biases That Undermine Our Healthcare‘ is an attempt to address this bias and offers valuable insights for patients seeking better healthcare experiences. Below are three themes that are prevalent in the book.

  1. Trust your instincts

“If you feel dismissed, there is a reason.” The stories and situations that Dr. Marshall has witnessed firsthand as a doctor would shock many. “The things that are said outside of the exam room and on doctor’s notes.” That’s why she knows that if someone is having a ‘bad’ feeling, there is most likely a cause behind it.

  1. Take Your Time 

You have permission to find a healthcare team that works for you. “Take the time to find a healthcare provider that has your interest in mind.” Marshall continued to explain that many people settle for what they have instead of taking time to find a doctor that works for them.”

  1. Talk For Yourself

Advocate for yourself. Don’t be afraid to raise your voice and seek second opinions. “I used to think that I was being dismissed because I was a black woman. Then I found out that others feel the same way. There is the potential for everyone to be dismissed.” That’s why Dr. Marshall believes it is extremely important for everyone to become their own advocate first and then find a doctor that listens to them.

Conclusion:
Dr. Angela Marshall’s incredible journey is a shining example of overcoming adversity, pursuing one’s passion, and advocating for change. Beyond empowering patients, Dr. Marshall is also dedicated to addressing systemic issues within the healthcare industry. She notes that politicians, businesspeople, and overworked doctors negatively impact patient care, and is committed to finding solutions for better healthcare.

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Her commitment to helping others and her tireless work in addressing systemic issues in healthcare have made her a respected and inspiring figure in the medical field. As she continues to make an impact through her practice, writing, and advocacy, Dr. Marshall reminds us all of the power of resilience and the importance of fighting for what we believe in. You can visit her website for more information and to pick up a copy of her new book.
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