What does it mean to be “Meharry Made?”
Meharry Medical College is located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is one of the nation’s largest and oldest historically black academic health science institutions with a mission to educate future physicians, dentists, researchers, and health policy experts. Founded in 1876, Meharry was the first medical school in the South for African Americans. On December 1, 2011, I officially received a call announcing my acceptance into Meharry. Boy was I grateful.
After four long years of academics, clinics, and mental growth, dental school training transforms your mind into a scientific master piece. Furthermore, after having some time to settle my mind, meditate, and regroup… I finally know what it means to be a Meharrian aka Meharry Made. Healthcare training of doctors is rigorous and requires many sleepless nights. Sometimes, I even thought I’d never see a good 8 hours of sleep again. To become Meharry Made one must be able to stand in the paint where quitting is no option. Meharry is a community of scholars dedicated to the following core values:
- Accountability with transparency
- Equity with inclusion
- Respect with collegiality
- Service with compassion
- Integrity without exception
- ( source: mmc.edu)
Many days during the dental school journey are spent in thoughts of wondering, how much harder could this get but the dream outweighed the misery. Panic and agony across the classroom, after each exam, from classmate to classmate, we quickly realized we had to be in this together. One band, one sound… Well, one class, one goal… May 21, 2016. So, for four long years, you bite the fear and give it everything you have in the name of the DDS. Each step of the way remembering why you started? All of your weekends, all of your nights, every inch of you, all for the Professional Degree. Trust me, being Meharry Made is more than a slogan, it’s a feeling. There are hundreds and thousands of Meharrians alike to attest to the commitment and surrealness associated with the phrase.
Meharry Medical College Mission Statement
”Meharry Medical College is an academic health sciences center that exists to improve the health and health care of minority and underserved communities by offering excellent education and training programs in the health sciences. True to its heritage, Meharry places special emphasis on providing opportunities for people of color, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and others regardless of race or ethnicity; delivering high quality health services; and conducting research that fosters the elimination of health disparities.”
Meharry Medical College (mmc.edu source)
To all the future doctors across the globe. All my future Meharrians… Stick with it! If you have a deep burning desire to dream bigger than your eyes can see, it will come true. I will promise you it will not be easy but I know it is equally worth every sleepless night. My best advice: Begin how you want to end, strong! Each day you must place one foot in front of the other; to brings your goals and desires into fruition. Remember your faith, you’ll need it along the way. Always know: God won’t fail you. Lastly, Study smarter.
My mentor, Dr. Anthony Polk once told me… ”Get in and get out..”
This was once all a dream. Today, I truly appreciate the value behind the phrase, ”Meharry Made.” My experiences walking the close-knit campus, going off campus to Knock Out Wings and Cook Out for lunch, meeting with classmates to study in The Salt Wagon Cafe’, inhaling the cool Nashville air, and hustling down Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd., deepened my appreciation for Historically Black Colleges & Universities across America. They all add special value in the heritage of our ancestors and they provide promise to future doctors worldwide. Although my time building memories at MMC have also commenced, my heart remains full of Gratitude for receiving that call on 12/1/11. Gratefulness consumes my spirit daily for such a testimony.
Do DReams come? Absolutely! 🤪
Is it worth all the hype? All of this ”Meharry Made, ” stuff? Well… Absolutely ❗️🙏🏾
– Dr. Shon (@drshonw )
Meharry Medical College C/O 2016