Dr. Kerry-Ann Mitchell left Jamaica at the age of 17 with $300 and a suitcase full of clothes in order to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor in the United States. Mitchell, who was born and raised in Gibraltar, St Ann, Jamaica, was offered a job as a neuroplastic surgeon-scientist at Ohio State University last year after 20 years of training.
It was, however, a difficult route to success. She wrote on her Facebook page, “My last full-time work was as a waitress at BiBiBips Bar and Grill in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.” “I would get up at 5 a.m. every morning, walk over a mile to get the bus from Gibraltar to Moneague, then another bus to Ocho Rios, and be at work by 7:30 a.m.”
She stated that, as much as she enjoyed her job at Bibibip’s Bar, it was only a stop on her route to becoming a doctor.
She met businessman Andy Chin during a high school function before commencing work at Bibibip’s Bar. She began working as a clerk for his construction company before moving on to Bibibip’s Bar as a waiter so she could save money for college sooner, she explained.
Mitchell was an exceptional student. During high school, she concentrated on science and mathematics. Her mother was a stay-at-home parent, while her father worked in an auto body shop. She knew after graduation that her parents would be unable to pay for her college education. And it was because of this that she decided to obtain a job and begin saving for college.
She met a college recruiter while working at Bibibip’s Bar, who informed her that she was eligible for a scholarship because of her good high school grades and that she just needed to do well on the SAT examinations.
Mitchell told The Weekend Star, “I prepared and took the SAT exams, got a scholarship from Benedict, and the rest, as they say, is history.”
According to Jamaicans.com, she graduated from Benedict College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine with a medical degree, and the University of Utah with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. At John Hopkins University School of Medicine, she completed a Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship program.
Mitchell finished a six-year residency and is a Post-Doctoral Fellow, a Neuroplastic Surgery Fellow, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, according to Jamaicans.com.
She has received numerous prizes, including the American Medical Association Outstanding Scholar Award and the Benedict College Board of Trustees Award. She is the mother of two children.
Mitchell told The Weekend Star, “I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember.” “There were no doctors in my neighborhood.” The nearest hospital to us was in St Ann’s Bay, which was about an hour away. During my childhood, one of my brothers was sick, and I recall my parents having to rush him to the hospital several times. Those doctors saved his life, and it strengthened my resolve to become a doctor myself.”