Dr Elizabeth T. Peters
Dr Elizabeth T. Peters is a Medical Doctor with a special interest in Public Health who has many years of experience in civil society organizations management. She has previously been invited to speak at the World Health Organization and the GIMAC Pre-Africa Union Summit, as well as a Nigerian delegate to the United Nations Youth Assembly. She is currently a co-founder of a non-profit non-governmental organization, Inspire Youth Leaders (Nigeria), and the founder and editor-in-chief of her over 5-year old website, www.ElizabethTPeters.com.
What inspired you to study medicine, and what has been your drive ever since? My initial inspiration to study medicine was my dad, as he’s a doctor and he specialized in psychiatry. As I got older, I fell in love with the field for myself and I would say the need for a track record of excellence was a motivating factor, everything I did up until I got into medical school was geared towards my med school application. From learning an additional language to volunteering at local clinics and being a youth council member - everything was with the sole purpose of being an all-round person worthy of becoming a doctor.
Would you like to share with us some of your notable achievements? Really briefly, I would recount my most notable achievements as finishing medical school (because it was one bumpy journey worthy of writing a novel on), and becoming a public health speaker, that has been an invited guest speaker at a number of international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Gender is my Agenda Campaign at the United Nations Economic Commission.
What are some of the challenges you have faced? And how did the Word of God help you overcome them? As briefly touched upon earlier, completing medical school was an intense challenge, there were points where I had no reason to hope for another day in school, if not for God. He was literally my only hope so I feasted upon His Word, individually and in fellowship with other believers, and somehow, He got me through each challenging day after another.
Over the years, you have been able to have so much fun and still be at the top of your career, and still keep up your relationship with Christ? My relationship with Christ really evolved during school as I learnt the hard way, that I just had to trust Him. I say the hard way because I did not have any plan B, it was Christ or nothing, and that can be a scary place to be, but it also is a beautiful way to build crazy faith - which is what I did! So having come past that period in my life, I now am so confident of my best friend Jesus Christ, so He is a consistent part of my life. Yes, I have a busy life, but I have made it a point of duty that I am never too busy for Jesus. For example, sometimes I’m travelling so I don’t get to do my full quiet time in the morning, I set an alarm for later in the day when I should be more settled to ensure I spend time studying the Word. Basically, I don’t go a single day without Jesus.
What’s your advice to young people aspiring to follow your career path? My advice to young people that are following a path similar to mine would be first of all to know Jesus as having Him in your corner makes life a whole lot easier. Knowing Jesus will help you identify your purpose, your passions (as He knows you more than you know yourself, He literally loves you through and through) and the awareness that comes with this will push you through the difficult times, as you will readily be able to refer back to your “Why?” - why you do what you do, why you’re persevering, why you’re up late when others are sleeping…just why. Jesus has the answers, trust Him.
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