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Tanya D. Mays-Jeune

June 21, 2014


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Nell Baldwin

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This interview with Dr. Tanya Mays-Jeune (Dr. Mays) was recorded in Hudson, New York on June 21st, 2014. Dr. Mays grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She currently lives in Hudson, NY with her husband and three living children. She worked at Columbia Memorial hospital as an OB-GYN doctor for eleven years. Currently she works with women veterans at the VA in Albany, NY and as the medical director of a clinic in Utica, NY. Some of the subjects Dr. Mays discusses in this interview include: Dr. Mays’ path to becoming a doctor; the experience of being the only female doctor in the OB department of Columbia Memorial for many years; the experience of being one of the very few black female doctors in the region; love of God; love of work; love for coworkers; love for family; her mother; how to love; a definition of community based in where one worships; the experience of losing a child; sources of strength; raising children; commuting; and learning to love a rural life.

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Nell Baldwin

Nell Baldwin just finished her first year at Brown Medical School. Before starting medical school, she worked as a political organizer, farmhand, and as a drug counselor. She is interested in listening, reading and writing. Although she did not know Dr. Mays before conducting this interview, during the scheduling process, she did tell Dr. Mays that she was a medical student.

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