Dr. Natalie Newman is a residency trained, board-certified emergency physician who has been practicing for over 25 years. She graduated from California State University in Sacramento, California with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on an Army scholarship. As a graduating senior, Dr. Newman was nominated by and presented with the Marjorie M. and Henry F. Saunders award for “her compassionate care of patients within the family structure” by the dean of her medical school. After her graduation, she was accepted into the emergency medicine residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Upon completing her program, Dr. Newman entered active duty service with the U.S. Army. Her first assignment was at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During her stint in the Army, Dr. Newman was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina(the former Yugoslavia) where she was Chief of the Emergency Department at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia. She had the distinct honor of serving under the command of Colonel Rhonda Cornum (now a retired brigadier general), a urologist, pilot and former prisoner-of-war during the Persian Gulf War. While in Bosnia, and as the only American female physician in the Balkans at that time, Dr. Newman was assigned as the official physician for Queen Noor of Jordan during a humanitarian visit to a local hospital in Bosnia. After her return home to the U.S., she was promoted to Major and completed the rest of her Army service at Fort Bragg.
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Dr. Newman subsequently returned to her home state of California. She has worked in rural facilities, community hospitals, trauma centers, urgent cares, correctional medicine and for the Veterans Administration. She has also served as a ship physician for a major cruise line and provided physician services at the Coachella/Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California for three years. Dr. Newman participates in public speaking engagements discussing the value of education, of which she is passionate. She continues to practice clinically as a traveling physician.
Natalie Newman’s Prescription for Success:
Number 1: What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God. God put you here, now what are you going to do with that? With that comes a lot of responsibility. A lot of moral, legal, ethical responsibilities to take care of human beings who put their trust in you when they don’t know you, and you have a responsibility to honor that trust.
Number 2: Be what you want to be. Do not go into medicine unless there is nothing else you want to do.
Number 3: Be what you want to be. Do not go into medicine unless there is nothing else you want to do.
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Notable quotes from Natalie’s interview:
[My parents] didn’t tell me to be what I wanted to be, they just put me in an environment that gave me the impression that I could be whatever I wanted to be. I had prayed to God, and I said ‘If this is my calling – I know it’s what I want to do, but if it’s what you want me to do, then let me be successful’
The best time to take advantage of your education is when you are in school. You don’t have to pigeon hole at that point. So, I didn’t.
As someone who was kind of spoiled as a dependent, and having someone pay for my medical education, I came out a patriot. I became respectful of what my dad did, and what other soldiers did, and I feel honored to have taken care of those soldiers.
If we don’t respect those differences, and we start to cloud or blur the lines, it puts patients at risk.
I have one mantra: Always do the right thing.
You can make a profit and still do the right thing. You don’t have to do the wrong thing.