Tamia Potter’s achievement marks the first in the university’s 148-year history.
Alumna of Florida A&M University, Tamia Potter, has now become the first Black woman to become a neurosurgeon resident at Vanderbilt University.
The FAMU graduate disclosed the news Friday on Twitter.
“My first job was a certified nursing assistant at 17 years old in 2014. Today, on March 17, 2023, I was blessed to be selected as the first African American female neurosurgery resident to train at [Vanderbilt University Medical Center for neurosurgery],” she wrote.
In one of the videos shared by Potter, she was visibly emotional during a phone call, which confirmed that she’s the first Black woman to train at Vanderbilt’s neurosurgery department.
The news came on “National Match Day,” where medical students across the United States are matched to a specialty and residency for training.
Twitter users were quick to shower her with praise for the remarkable achievement.
“Congratulations Dr. Tamia Potter,” one user wrote, noting how major her win is as there are only 33 Black female neurosurgeons in the United States.
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