This week’s #WomenCrushWednesday is honoring our brilliant, hardworking, and inspiring co-founders and Presidents – Madison Lampkin and Meredith McKinney, who recently matched into Otolaryngology at UTHSC and Obstetrics and Gynecology at UAMS!

In honor of their inspiring dedication to promoting women in surgical fields, this week’s #WCW is WISE co-founders and presidents – Madison Lampkin and Meredith McKinney, 4th year medical students at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. WISE officers and members would like to thank Madison and Meredith on their incredible leadership and congratulate them on their outstanding match day results!

WISE would also like to congratulate all of our UAMS seniors on their match day results! We can’t wait to see what these amazing women will accomplish next!

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Madison Lampkin

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Specialty: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (also known as ENT or Ear, Nose, and Throat)
Residency Program: University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, TN
Undergraduate education: Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, B.A. in Psychology
Hometown: Fort Smith, AR

Tell us about yourself?

I was born in Dallas, TX while my father was in medical school, then we moved to Nashville, TN for his residency/fellowship, then we moved to Fort Smith, AR, where I spent the majority of my childhood. I am the oldest of four children – there is a 19-year age difference between me and my youngest sibling! I grew up playing sports – soccer, tennis, and cheerleading. I have always loved to paint, draw, and work with clay/pottery! My husband and I are the proud parents of 2 dogs – a coonhound and a German shepherd.

What are some fun facts about you?

  1. I have a 6-year-old sister and a 6-year-old aunt.
  2. My family owns a salsa company – “My Brother’s Salsa”
  3. I come from a family of doctors: my father and grandfather are nephrologists, my uncle is a general surgeon, and my aunt is in my medical school class (matched into internal medicine).

What are your hobbies?

I like to spend time with my dogs, go to used book stores and farmers’ markets with my husband, shop antique shops and flea markets with my mom, and go to spin classes and hot yoga with my girlfriends. I also like to read! My go-to genre is thriller/horror/mystery, but when in doubt – Harry Potter.

What do you love about surgery? And why did you choose your specialty?

What I love about surgery is that it gives you the opportunity to heal people with your hands. It is very rewarding to see a lesion then remove it or see a defect then correct it.

I chose otolaryngology/head and neck surgery for several reasons. The head and neck are very important regions of your body. Not only does it house your brain, but it is also how you interface with the world. It is your face/identity, your senses of smell, taste, and hearing, your facial expressions, your voice/speech, your airway, your balance, and your ability to chew/swallow. This is how we experience life and to have the opportunity to help someone in this way, in my opinion, is the highest honor and privilege.

Tell us about where you are going for residency and what are you looking forward to most in residency?

I am going to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, TN for ENT residency. There are 4 residents in my PGY-1 class. Throughout the 5 years of residency, we will rotate through several different hospitals: Regional One Health, VA Medical Center, Methodist University Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Baptist Memorial Hospital. I am excited to start in July! I look forward to caring for patients and learning to be a surgeon.

Is there anyone you want to thank for their support/encouragement/mentorship that helped you be who you are today?

I am thankful for my parents – for always encouraging me and believing in me! They have always told me “you can do anything you put your mind to.” I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband who has been there with me every step of the way. He is my rock. I am so thankful for my friends – they always know how to make me laugh and make me feel like a rock star! I am thankful for Dr. Katie Kimbrough for helping us start WISE and for being a wonderful role model. And I am so grateful for my advisor Dr. Abby Nolder whose guidance and support helped me match into ENT!

What’s one thing you wish you knew before you started medical school or fourth year?  I wish I knew that I could do it and do it well! 

Do you have some WISE words for women who want to become surgeons?

Live BOLDLY! Be yourself – and don’t apologize for it! And above all else, remember the “Golden Rule” – treat others as you wish to be treated.

Meredith McKinney

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Specialty: OBGYN

Residency Program: UAMS!

Undergraduate education: Hendrix College

Hometown: Batesville, AR

Tell us about yourself? 

Hi I’m Meredith, I’m 26 (today is actually my birthday! Lol) and I grew up in the small town of Batesville, AR. When I was 12 I injured my knee playing soccer and ended up having two knee surgeries, which first sparked my interest in surgery.  As an M1, I helped Dr. Kimbrough jump start the first Summer in Surgery program, which helped me realize my passion for being in the operating room.  I actually didn’t know I would like OBGYN until I started on my 3rd year clerkship, when I was quite surprised to find myself falling in love with it.  And the rest is history!

What are some fun facts about you?

  1. Pizza is my all-time favorite food (but no veggies on it)
  2. I collect pins from Disney World
  3. I just adopted a new dog named Goldie! She’s a schnauzer mix

What are your hobbies?

I love taking Goldie on walks, hanging out with my friends, dancing, trying new restaurants and breweries around town.  I love working out and have recently gotten really into Clique Cycle!

What do you love about surgery? And why did you choose your specialty?

I have always loved surgery because it allows me to use my hands and fix a problem for my patients.  That is something really unique to all surgical fields.  I specifically chose OBGYN because we operate a lot, but we also have a lot of continuity of care with our patients.  I like the idea of following a woman through her whole life, as she just needs annual exams, to when she is having babies, to later on down the line when she might need a hysterectomy.  I also really love getting to deliver babies 🙂

Tell us about where you are going for residency and what are you looking forward to most in residency?

I am happy to be staying at UAMS for residency!  I am really excited to start learning how to operate and do procedures myself.  Med school is a lot of observing and taking notes, and I am excited to finally get to start learning how to be an OBGYN, what I plan to do for the rest of my life!

Is there anyone you want to thank for their support/encouragement/mentorship that helped you be who you are today?

Oh yes! I have had tremendous support along my journey, from my parents, Dr. Kimbrough, Dr. Clardy, a lot of my friends and family.  And my Co-President Madison of course!

What’s one thing you wish you knew before you started medical school or fourth year?

I started medical school right out of college, and I think we are all a little naïve coming into it about how much work it will take.  I would 100% do it again though, but I wish I had a little more information about board exams and different specialties (besides ortho/gen surg – maybe I would have found OBGYN sooner!).

Do you have some WISE words for women who want to become surgeons?

Never let anybody tell you that you can’t do something, especially become a surgeon.  You can have whatever kind of life you want, and nobody makes their career the same as someone else.  A lot of women are discouraged from going into surgery because they think they can’t have a family or be a good wife or mother.  I’m not to that stage of life yet, but I believe you can be all of those things if you want (and we have some great female surgeons that came before us demonstrating this)!

I’m sticking around at UAMS as an OBGYN intern, so please feel free to contact me with questions about OBGYN, Summer in Surgery, or med school/life in general!

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