From the White House to a career in Public Health, with Bernard Toney Jr.

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In this episode, Sujani sits down with Bernard Toney Jr., a former White House Medical Officer and US Army Veteran. They talk about Bernard’s time in the military and the White House and what led him to pursuing a career in population health.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • How an event in Bernard’s early years led to an interest in medical sciences and how his experiences serving in the military later on cemented his passion for population health 
    • How Bernard was able to gain experience in the medical field while not officially in a healthcare position
  • What to consider if you are thinking of pursuing a new degree
  • How Bernard got his role as a White House Medical Officer and what duties and responsibilities it involved
    • How the COVID pandemic changed these roles and his interests
  • Bernard’s experiences with racial discrimination and other hardships throughout his career and how he has dealt with these issues

Today’s Guest:

My name is Bernard Toney Jr., and I am a Former White House Medical Officer and US Army Veteran.

I am completing my Master of Public Health Degree at The George Washington University in May, and I currently work at the National Institutes of Health.

While serving in the White House Medical Unit during the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to transition into the field of public health after seeing the inquiries that led to significant morbidity and mortality for marginalized populations while traveling in support of the President, Vice President, and First Lady.

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