Women in Medicine: Katie Blalock
At Texas A&M, we celebrate the American Medical Association’s Women in Medicine Month this September by highlighting a few of our extraordinary female researchers, scientists, physicians and students who are making meaningful contributions to medicine every day on our campuses and across the globe.
Katie Blalock, MD, is one of these remarkable women. An Aggie through and through, she earned her bachelor’s and medical degrees and completed her residency at Texas A&M. She now works at Texas A&M Physicians as a family medicine practitioner to improve rural population health in her hometown of Navasota. To help mark Women in Medicine Month, she answers some questions about the profession and her life.
Q: Why did you chose to become a physician?
A: My mom has often said that from the time I could talk, I would say I wanted to be a physician. As I became older, I developed a desire to take care of families and make my community healthier.
Q: What’s the greatest aspect of being a physician?
A: The trust that my patients have in me to help guide their health care. I know that I encounter people when they are at their most vulnerable. I am humbled to be able to take care of all age groups and, in many cases, entire families.
Q: What do you enjoy about working at Texas A&M Physicians?
A: Texas A&M Physicians allows me to serve in a rural area, Navasota, which is my hometown. I like that I have the opportunity to work with medical students and residents who will become the next generation of physicians.
Q: How are you advocating for women’s health issues?
A: I try to ensure my patients are staying up-to-date on preventive health screenings and controlling their chronic medical problems. I encourage patients to become better, both physically and emotionally.
Q: What obstacles have you personally faced as a woman in medicine?
A: Having patients trust that I am just as qualified as my male counterparts. Also, like many physicians, I struggle to maintain a good work/life balance.
Q: What hurdles do we need to overcome for women in medicine?
A: We need to strive for equality in medicine.
Q: Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give young girls who want to pursue a career in medicine?
A: Absolutely follow your dreams. Becoming a physician is obviously a lot of work but so rewarding in the end.
Q: What is your personal motto?
A: I strive every day to make a difference in the lives of my patients. My aunt always told me to “be somebody” every time I saw her, and I try to follow her advice.