Julie Springate is a pediatrics resident at Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. As Julie explains it, her interests in the sciences have been a long-time passion, “I was lucky enough to have an amazing Biology teacher as a sophomore in high school that opened my eyes to the possibilities in the field. Prior to this, I had been considering a field in education. I realized that I could combine my interests in biology and teaching into a career in medicine.” Along with her high school Biology teacher, Julie credits her mother, Angie, and other strong women in her life to pursue a career in STEM.
Although Julie is carving her path and paving the way for others, she says that being a woman in STEM has not always been easy. Being one of many students vying for highly competitive positions, Julie interviewed at 10 residency positions while also trying to plan her wedding, set for summer 2019. Adding to her burdens and speaking volumes about her character, Julie also reiterates similar sentiments as so many other women in STEM, “One of my biggest enemies early on was self-doubt. Imposter syndrome as a young woman in a STEM field is very real. It has been important for me to trust in my hard work and be confident. This is something that I'm still working on.”
In addition to her career accomplishments, Julie was also elected at UofL’s medical school to a leadership position where she, “created a sort of ‘legacy project’ for my class--something that would involve several members of my class and could be continued from year to year. I decided to start Camp Cardiac at U of L. Camp Cardiac is a nationwide camp for high school students interested in a career in the medical field. Over 50 of my classmates volunteered throughout the year--planning and giving lectures, helping with dissections, acting as counselors and organizing speakers. We hosted 25 high school students for a week. Now, Camp Cardiac and also Camp Neuro are held every summer at UofL.”