Ashley Roxanne Peterson is the youngest black Osteopathic Doctor ever, according to reports.
She started medical school at age 19 and graduated at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She commenced her family medicine residency at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA in July 2019.
Reportedly, Peterson has a record of always being the youngest in her class. She graduated high school at 15 and also enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte at the same age.
“I went into medicine knowing that I want to help underserved and minority communities and I am continuing those passions as I continue into residency. I chose my residency based on their mission statement, current leadership, and how they give back to the community,” she said.
Morehouse School of Medicine‘s Family Medicine mission statement reads: “The mission of the MSM Family Medicine Residency is to train residents to become competent and excellent family physicians to serve underserved populations. Everything comes full circle – thus, never lose sight of why you started!”
She wanted to help people for the rest of her life just as her parents did. Even though she was resilient and focused, medical school wasn’t easy for her as a young student, but she believes that “if you fall nine times stand up ten.”
With a special interest in global medicine, preventative medicine, minority health, media-driven health outcomes, and geriatrics, Peterson looks forward to helping the communities around her achieve their best health.
Dr Peterson started making impact and inspiring people right from medical school. She ran a medical blog called “Daily Medicine” which created contents aimed towards pre-medical students seeking entrance to medical school.
The platform, according to her, served as a mentoring network which has led to the direct influence of more than a dozen students gaining entrance to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.
Three years on Daily Medicine obtained over 5,000 participants for its programs, groups, and online communities and was able to accrue over 100,000 total engagements collaborating with various leaders in medicine, across more than 10 specialties, to provide students and peers with exclusive information.