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Twin Sisters sets record as first medical doctor in their family, shines across US

Twin sisters, Brandi and Brittani Jackson have set a record as the first ever people to become a Medical Doctor in their family. 

Brandi and Brittani Jackson are from Twinsburg, Ohio, and are both medical doctors in the United States. The twins graduated from the same high school as the best graduating student but they could not continue on the same path for their university education.

Brandi studied medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Brittani studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School both in the United States.

The Jackson sisters mentioned in an interview with NBC Nightly Twins that they grew up in a less privileged, segregated, lower-income area dominated primarily by African Americans.

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They stated that they never planned to pursue a medical career after high school until their paths crossed with a Black female doctor, adding that it served as a major source of encouragement for them to attend medical school.

“It’s hard to envision yourself as something you don’t see. But as I got further into medicine, I realized that maybe I could be a visual reminder to someone who looks like me, that they can be anything. At least that’s my hope,” Brittani told the Chicago Crusader.

After completing medical school, they came back together at the University of Illinois, where they were both elected as chief residents. Brandi was in the Department of Psychiatry and Brittani  in the College of Medicine-Family Medicine.

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The twins have also launched a website that aims to help other Black doctors, like them, get into the field of medicine but who may not have the resources or the connections to do so.

“For us, it’s not enough to say, ‘We made it.’ We want to help others do it too, It’s our way of giving back to the hundreds of people who have helped us on our journey through medicine. We want to pay it forward. We’re hoping to change the face of medicine, together,” Brandi said.

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