Updated: May 30, 2022
It is no secret Dr. Dexter Frederick, B.E.S.T. Founder & CEO, is passionate about the field of medicine. However, if you know Dr. Frederick, he is even more passionate about the students he guides, encourages, and inspires on a daily basis through B.E.S.T. It should be of no surprise then that Dr. Frederick’s daughter, Jayde Kelsey Frederick, is following in his footsteps of becoming a doctor and will start her medical school journey this fall.
Jayde Kelsey Frederick graduated Summa Cum Laude on May 7, 2022, from Oakwood University, Hunstville, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. Jayde will be attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, the alma mater of her father Dr. Dexter Frederick.
What drives your passion for school; STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics), and medicine?
Jayde Frederick (JF): I love to learn in all avenues and help others. I developed xxSTEAM because minorities are often swayed away from these types of careers. Exposure to medicine and seeing physicians that looked like me makes me passionate.
You are an accomplished artist, how does this affect your life?
JF: I have always been artistic. I have had teachers that encouraged me and have been drawn to discover how things are created and the associations between artistic works.
What impact would you like to make and what imprint would you like to leave?
JF: I want to inspire young women of color to realize their potential. xxSTEAM brings black successful women into view for our young women.
How are you preparing for your journey into medical school?
JF: I’m spending time resting, seeking direction and advice from many, including those in medical school and individuals that have graduated.
What does B.E.S.T. mean to you?
JF: Uplifting youth, providing resources and training to expand and let them see what they can become.
What three words or statements do you think describes your father?
JF: Dedicated and hardworking, empowering, uplifting,
Your mom and family, what are the key ways they encouraged you?
JF: They’ve taught me a few key lessons: "importance of prayer”, “putting things in God's hands, work hard, let God lead, and push forward. I remember a specific instance of not doing well on a quiz and I was hard on myself. My family reminded me to see the big picture and not this one moment. Failure is not where you stop.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JF: Practicing medicine possibly in pediatrics because I love children. I am also interested in emergency medicine, but am open to other residency and fellowship options. I also see myself having a family.
What words of wisdom do you have for students (young women) and young adults?
JF: Use networks, to uplift yourself and others because you cannot do it alone. The journey might take longer but continue on the path because there is always a way.
What words describe you?
JF: Dedicated, empathetic, problem solver
See Jayde in Action