My name is Jaysson T. Brooks and I started this blog when I was 18 years old. There is no way for me to prove this, but I believe this blog may be the oldest running blog related to becoming a doctor on the internet. I started blogging before blogging was popular and I hope my journey will inspire everyone who embarks on the great quest to become a physician. In particular I hope my journey will inspire disadvantaged groups like minorities and woman to know that you can make it, despite the obstacles.

With regards to who I am, honestly, I aspire first to be a good husband and father, an amazing surgeon, and a missionary for Christ. If the Lord allows me to accomplish all of these things in my life, then I know it has been a success.

9 Responses to About

  1. Steven says:

    Hey I really enjoy reading your blog. I’m currently an MS2 with Step 1 hanging over my head. Do you have any advice on how I should prepare? Thanks.

  2. John says:

    Hey man,

    I have been reading a bit of your blog. I am planning on going into orthopedics next year and have always wondered (being from Texas) what its like to be a Christian at a program like that up north. I know the medicine at Hopkins speaks for itself, but are you treated any differently being a Christian? Has it been harder to maintain faith with the temptation to become jaded?

    Good luck to you man, and thanks for all of the blog entries

  3. Joy says:

    Your blog is very inspiring to me! I am 22 yrs old and from Ghana. I have been trying to get into medical school for the past 2 yrs, but I didn’t do well on the MCAT.. I will be taking it again in a few weeks (2nd time).. I am also starting a master’s program at Indiana SOM for minorities.. Hopefully this will also make me a more competitive applicant. Please any advice you can give will be awesome!
    Blogs like yours keep me motivated and believing that I also can achieve my goals in life..

  4. Joy says:

    I am currently a freshman in college. All my life I want to be a psychiatrist for special needs children and their families.Thank you for blogging. It keeps me going on my bad days.

    With hope,

    • DoctaJay says:

      Hey Joy, thank you for reading. Keep at it. If it was easy everyone would do it. And what is more important is that you are working on doing what you love. Good luck!

  5. KD says:

    Hi, Doctajay. I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology in NYC and I am currently in a class designed to broaden my perspectives on culture, ethnicity, and other areas of identity. As part of that class, I have to complete a project on a group with an eye toward understanding individual experience and deepening cultural understanding. The group I have chosen is African-American medical students and residents. I have to interview two individuals who are members of the group about their experience, and I wonder if you might be interested. It would not only be helpful to me, but also to my classmates who will hear a little bit about what it has been like for you (you would be de-identified, of course) in medical school and residency and then hopefully take a little bit of what they learn into their clinical experience when they work with patients who may have some successes and challenges similar to yours. Full disclosure: I am a white female, so if talking about race, racism, or your experience with someone like me sounds like something you’d rather not do, I would totally understand that.
    I’m happy to come down to Baltimore and take you out to lunch if you are interested in talking.

    Thanks for considering!


    • DoctaJay says:

      I’m sorry, but with my current schedule I just wouldn’t have the time to help with that project. Perhaps if its still going on closure to late May 2015, I could reconsider.

  6. SEan Kiesel says:


    Great site and great posts! Very insightful and some reallly good reads!
    It is websites like this that encouraged me to start http://www.pathtomedicine.com, I think helping students through pre med, and medical school is a task that will always be respected and useful. I just wanted to stop in and say good job with the site!

    I would also be interested in possibly exchanging links and guiding my readers to your site and vice versa to help more people with their journey to becoming a physician. If this is something you are interested in then feel free to check out my website http://www.pathtomedicine.com and let me know.

    Kind regards,


  7. Jeff W says:

    Maybe time to update this page, Dr. Attending? 🙂
    Good to see you’re still blogging!
    Congrats on the first attending job.

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