Arabia Mollette - Professional Education
Tragedies Inspire Woman to Become Emergency Medicine Physician
Arabia Mollette, MD, was raised by a single mother in housing projects
in the South Bronx, “where poverty, drugs, alcohol and crime”
were nothing unusual. But young Arabia dreamed of bigger things —
ever since she was five years old, she wanted to be a doctor. Today, Dr.
Mollette is in her last year of residency at Newark Beth Israel’s
Emergency Medicine program.
Two major events pushed Dr. Mollette toward emergency medicine. First was
the day in 1998 when her baby boy was killed. She was 17 at the time.
Then years later, Dr. Mollette’s 19-year-old sister was shot and killed.
In the midst of these horrific situations, she drilled physicians with
a whole host of specific medical questions, so impressing them that they
encouraged her to become an emergency medicine physician – despite
her tough upbringing in an underserved community.
Dr. Mollette wants to leverage her medical career to build a “mini
medical school” program for young black and Hispanic children who
live in underserved areas. “Community service will always be a part
of what I do,” she says. “I grew up in a poor family and my
community was plagued with crime and poverty, with little access to a
better education. It’s important for children in those communities
to have role models and I hope that I will be able to inspire and influence
them just like other doctors inspired me.”
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center - Newark
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is one of four RWJBarnabas Health hospitals
that offer residency programs to train a new generation of doctors who
will serve our communities throughout New Jersey.