Hope Jackson, MD '99 Shows Her True KO Colors at Inauguration
Posted 01/23/2013 07:02AM
It was bitter cold at 5:30am on Jan. 21, 2013, when Hope Jackson, MD ’99 got in line for the best-possible seat at President Barack Obama’s inauguration – so she was glad she’d grabbed her favorite red fleece KO blanket on her way out the door.
“When I walked through the National Mall gates, I felt a little overwhelmed with emotion, as I realized that so many of the positive, wonderful opportunities I've had in my life were because of the amazing education, nurturing and support I received at KO,” said Jackson, who earned her Bachelor’s degree at Emory University and her medical degree at George Washington University. “It has been the catalyst to so many things, including even choosing to pursue medicine as a career -- which ultimately brought me to DC. So KO is always with me, and I was thinking especially about the school that day.”
Jackson has two years left in a six-year surgical residency at GW, and then plans to pursue a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery, as well as continuing to work on enhancing the surgical education experience for medical students and residents.
“It was truly moving, electrifying and powerful to be (on the Mall) with almost a million people to celebrate a new term and recommit to continue to do our best to make our country better,” she added. “The entire ceremony was wonderful, and I felt so blessed to be able to witness and be a part of such a historic moment in time.”