Leaving behind a 6 figure salary at a top healthcare organization in Atlanta to prioritize a more balanced life, Erica R. Jones, MD spent several months “fun-employed.” She took a short break after practicing Family Medicine for ten consecutive years. During this time period, she published her third book, F*CK THIS JOB: THE ART OF TRANSITION and has gone on to develop a Podcast as a spin-off. The Art of Transition Podcast provides a platform to highlight Black Excellence in Entrepreneurship
How and when did you decide to go into the field of medicine?
As a young student I used to love to study science and that love grew deeper and deeper as
I matriculated through school. I truly enjoy learning about the human body. I wasn’t really interested much in social studies or history because I felt like it was always skewed, but science was based on proven facts. To be successful as a physician, it’s important that you’re able to understand the basic and advanced levels of science. So i combined my love for science with my desire to want to be able to help people with their health. One specific incident I can remember is going to the doctor with my great grandmother—who was a pillar of our community—and watching the way that the physician communicated with her. I did not feel like he did a good job relating to her feelings. He lacked cultural competence and I grew up knowing that I was going to be a better doctor.
If someone were to describe you by a newspaper headline, what would it say?
Newspaper headline: Courageous Physician graduates from HBCU, shines the light on barriers of Black wellness, and inspires the masses to align their habits with good health Name one thing that people can not tell about you by just what meets the eye?
I love poetry. I enjoy writing and listening to poetry. What is a saying that gets you through the hard or difficult times?
I listen to Fantasia’s “I believe” on repeat during difficult times. It reminds me to be present in the moment and to continue to believe in my hopes and dreams despite any difficulties. What inspired you to write your book?
I have been writing since I was a child. I have actually self published two hardcopies and two e-books. My latest book called F*ck this job: The Art of Transition—which is available on Amazon—was inspired to help people prioritize their mental health and to emphasize the mindset that will help someone actually say fuck this job. There is an art of transition. What would you want to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered for the light that I spread to people’s lives