FQHC TRACK RESIDENT: SILER CITY
Hey everyone! My name is Danae Smart. I grew up in Cape Coral, Florida. During my senior year of high school, I received the Gates Millennium Scholarship which provided me the opportunity to earn my undergraduate degree at the University of Miami in Florida. Being a Gates scholar benefitted me as my path to medicine was nontraditional. Prior to receiving my medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, I completed a post baccalaureate program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and a master’s degree at Colorado State University -Fort Collins.
I chose the UNC Chapel Hill Family Medicine residency program because of their reputation for full-scope training. The option to work at a Federally Qualified Health Center for my clinic site was also very appealing. I have been eager to tackle health disparities. I knew training here would provide me the chance to work with a variety of patients, particularly from populations heavily impacted by the social determinants of health. Because of my desire to implement change and promote diversity in healthcare, while in medical school, I started Healthcare Sparks: a nonprofit organization designed to inspire young students to pursue degrees in healthcare. UNC is known for caring for their community, and I felt this was a place where my program could continue to expand.
Outside of medicine, I find happiness in listening to music, playing sports, going to the theater, going to church, singing, baking, cooking, and all things Disney. I am known for my optimism and cheerful personality and acquired the nickname “Cheeky” in elementary school because I smiled and laughed so much. My family is from the beautiful island of Jamaica, making this one of my favorite places to visit. Lastly, my life motto/advice to you: Do the things you love and smile whenever possible, you never know whose day you may change. Finding joy in every day, is definitely one of the keys to success.