Dr. Jennifer Sheehe Broome, C'95
Alumna Jennifer Broome comes from a family of dentists and graduates of the Mount – her father and uncle. But, while she appreciates the dental aspect of the medical field, she decided to follow a slightly different path and become a pediatrician. “I always liked working with children,” she says.
That interest has taken Dr. Broome, who graduated from the Mount with honors in biology in 1995, to her current work as a pediatrician with a private practice in Baltimore. “I enjoy watching children grow and thrive and develop personalities,” she says.
Born into a military family, Dr. Broome spent most of her growing up years in Maryland and Kansas. When it came time to choose a college, the choice was obvious. Besides her father and uncle, her cousins are graduates as well. “Once I got to the Mount, I was even more glad that I had chosen to attend school there than before,” says Dr. Broome. “You have this whole community. I enjoyed the small classes. I made great friends, and the faculty members were always so supportive.”
And familiar. “I had some of the same professors that my dad did,” chuckles Dr. Broome. “They remembered him.”
At the Mount, she says that she was not only well prepared for medical school with her sciences background, but her liberal arts education came in handy as well. “One class I had in medical school required a lot of writing,” recalls Broome. “People I knew had trouble with it. But I didn’t. You write a lot at the Mount, in all your classes.”
She attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and after graduating in 2000, she was a resident in pediatrics at John Hopkins from 2000 to 2003. During that time she was honored as the female medical student who stands first in her graduating class and as having the most outstanding student performance in the clinical rotation in pediatrics.
Dr. Broome went on to work at several hospitals, including the Center for Neonatal Transitioning Care with the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore. She joined Willoughby Beach Pediatrics, a private practice, in 2006.
“This is a career in which you learn something new on a daily basis,” she says. “You are dealing with such a broad spectrum of patients, from birth until 21 years of age.” Still, some cases stand out more than others. “I remember families, these amazing families that could be so kind in times of crisis,” says Dr. Broome.
It is during these same times of crisis that she turns to her own faith as a “great source of strength.” And a necessary one. “You need a strong sense of faith to do the job that we have to do.”
Jennifer’s father, Dr. John Sheehe, is class of 1961, and her uncle, Dr. Frank Merolla, is class of 1963. On March 11, Jennifer gave birth to her first child, Jason Lewis Broome, who weighed in at 8 lbs. 10 oz.