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Q&A: Charlie Brown, D.O. (’09)

Interview by Colleen Kiphart
Photos by John Sattler


What does being a D.O. mean to you?

I am one of two African-American males in my class. I think that that brought a sense of challenge. I feel that I am representing not only my family and my community in Indiana, but also African-American men. During test time this factors into my anxiety because I want to do well. And I want to show those who have invested in my doing well that it was not for naught. My graduating will show how thankful I am to those who helped me. I will have a comfort that I made them proud.

Did you have a mentor at OU-COM?

I have a list. First, my preceptor, Dr. Lewis Humble. He is with Stark County Medical Associates, a group of internal medicine doctors and cardiologists. He served as my mentor for the last two years.

Mr. Mark Loudin. He’s the lecture hall tech guru. He makes sure that our lecture days run tightly as planned in Irvine. A lot of students have gripped onto him for peace of mind and a ready ear. He has provided great advice and motivation.

Last but not least: Judith Edinger. Even my mother knew her as my “OU-COM mom.” Miss Judith is great. She was my first preceptor for first-year small groups. We called ourselves the “fantastic five.” We developed a bond and that has stayed, even when we moved onto other groups.

What surprised you most about medical school?

Medical schools are looking for a dynamic individual. They want someone with good grades, lots of hobbies and community involvement. And then in medical school, you just can’t maintain it. I am an avid record collector, and I used to play around with records way more than I do now. The amount of stuff I was doing in class cut my social life; it cut my creativity in half. And you’re left like, “Oh, medical school, I thought you loved me! What happened to us?”

But I’m not going to say that I didn’t expect medical school to take over my life, and it isn’t such a bad thing. Medicine should be time-consuming; it isn’t a nine-to-five job anyway.

But I remember, at the end of first year, being like, wow! That first year felt like a couple of months. And then you’re in hospitals, living rotation to rotation. They’re not called months anymore, they’re called rotations. It’s like, “is this June? No, it’s Surgery Month. And how many holidays are there in Surgery Month? None!”

But, it’s all worth it. I found what I love to do.

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