My Conversation with Dr. Margaux B. Gray, a local pediatrician
By Monserrat Avalos Franco (6th Grade)
June 2020 - I am a student at the education nonprofit Thiebaut Method in East Palo Alto, CA. Thiebaut Method is helping me learn more about my passion for pediatrics. We started by learning about doctors themselves and eased into learning about the medicine pediatricians prescribe. On Thursday, the 11th of June, I interviewed Dr. Margaux B. Gray. I interviewed her because when I grow up, I want to be a pediatrician. I was inspired to become a pediatrician because in mid-September I had my appendix removed, and the nurses and doctors made me feel really safe and they made me feel as if I was in a kind environment.
During this interview, Dr. Gray did 3 things for me. She confirmed the fact that I don’t want to be a dentist, she opened up my passion for also wanting to learn about psychology, and she reinforced my passion to be a pediatrician. Here is the interview.
Q: Why did you become a doctor?
A: Around the age of 12, I loved my pediatrician. I always really loved my pediatrician and her nurses too. I always really enjoyed working with children. For example, being a summer camp counselor and taking care of my nieces and nephews. I also really liked science and doing science experiments at school.
Q: What is the hardest part of being a pediatrician?
A: Causing pain and making kids cry, or even just doing shots, which we do all the time. I don't like being in the room when doing shots because I don’t like hearing the kids cry. But I have to remind myself that sometimes we have to cause a little bit of pain to help people feel better.
Q: What is the best thing about being a pediatrician?
A: So many things. I love working with kids because they are so resilient and kids just want to be kids. They have dreams and they want to get back to school and they want to have fun. Because of that, they are so motivated to get better.
Q: What inspired you or motivated you to be a pediatrician?
A: I had a lot of mentors and people that I looked up to when I was growing up, my pediatrician, in particular, was someone I looked up to. All through my life, I have found people that inspired me. For example, when I was in college, I met a doctor who let me shadow her on a daily basis. She has been someone who gave me advice during my early career and became someone I really looked up to.
Q: Growing up, what did you think about your pediatrician?
A: When I was really little, I had a male doctor, and I didn’t like him very much. At around the age of 12, we switched to a female pediatrician who was actually my sister’s friend through high school. I thought she was so cool because she knew my sister and they were friends and I felt really close to her. It made my dream of being a pediatrician accomplishable.
Q: Did you ever think about being a dentist?
A: No, I don’t like going to the dentist. I have never liked the teeth. That was never on my mind. I did think about being a child’s psychologist. I have always liked understanding our minds. What motivates us and what scares us and what inspires us. I actually studied psychology in college. Although I thought that maybe I would be a school counselor, I decided being a doctor was a better fit. I wanted to do more hands-on work.