Twin sisters Brittani and Brandi Jackson, both medical doctors, work are on a mission to impact their world and change lives.
Dr. Brandi Jackson, UIC Chief Resident in the Department of Psychiatry and twin sister Dr. Brittani Jackson, Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness Family Medicine physician, are both first-generation doctors in their family.
Driven by the need to serve underserved communities medically, particularly minority women, the sisters who turned down high paying jobs and instead devoted themselves to the course of serving have gotten notable attention for their community advocacy.
The pair has appeared on Ellen DeGeneres show, NBC Nightly News
Growing up in Twinsburg, Ohio, a segregated, lower-income area dominated primarily by African Americans, the twins didn’t come from a privileged family. The pair who were usually the only blacks in the class overcame the odds of racial discrimination and focused instead in their interest in science, they excelled academically.
“Some twins fight being similar, and for a while we did,” Jackson said. “It just so happens that we have so many similar interests and enjoy each other’s company that it’s hard to tell (us apart). You have to really be standing on top of us to see which is which.”
They both graduated salutatorians at Twinsburg High School, but at that point they hadn’t thought to pursue a career in medicine until their paths crossed with a Black female doctor, it served as a major source of encouragement for them to attend medical school.
“It’s hard to envision yourself as something you don’t see. But as I got further into medicine, I realized that maybe I could be a visual reminder to someone who looks like me, that they can be anything. At least that’s my hope,” Brittani told the Chicago Crusader.
For a bit, the twin sisters were separated for the very first time, Brittani went to the University of Michigan Medical School and Brandi went to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing medical school, they came back together at the University of Illinois, where they were both elected as chief residents — Brandi in the Department of Psychiatry and Brittani in the College of Medicine-Family Medicine.
In 2018, they launched a website Med Like Me, aimed at inspiring people of color to pursue a career in medicine. It serves as an online community which allows users ask questions while professionals give answers.
Intended to serve as a resource center for youth to learn about the journey to having a medical career and increase diversity and inclusion in the medical sector are well on their way providing adequate resource and building a better healthier world.
“For us, it’s not enough to say, ‘we made it.’ We want to help others do it too,” Brandi said. “It’s our way of giving back for the hundreds of people who have helped us on our journey through medicine. We want to pay it forward. We’re hoping to change the face of medicine, together.”