Desiree’ Brionne Dillard, a 2020 graduate of Arizona State University’s online Bachelor of Science in biological sciences program, third-year medical student at Mayo Clinic’s Alix School of Medicine and 1L at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, is a woman on a mission. Backed with multiple degrees, including an MBA and three bachelor’s degrees in psychology, biomedical sciences and now biological sciences, Dillard showcases an incredible dedication to learning. However, it's the why behind her pursuits that truly sets her apart.
A calling to medicine and a passion for change
Dillard's journey into the field of medicine is driven by a deep passion for the science behind it and a strong desire to make a difference. She believes in the power of medicine to bring about change and is keenly aware of the underrepresentation of Black women in this field.
"I feel like in order to implement change in the field of medicine, it takes willingness to be the one doing tangible work," Dillard said.
Early in her educational journey, she faced discouragement when she became pregnant with her daughter. Many told her that pursuing a career in medicine while being a mother was impossible. It was only when she discovered ASU Online’s program in biological sciences that she saw a feasible path to accomplish her goals. This revelation marked a turning point in her journey toward a medical career.