Jennifer Lincoln '03, MD
For Dr. Jennifer (Hewson) Lincoln ’03, life as a practicing OB Hospitalist, lactation consultant, medical writer, and blue-checked content creator with a rising media profile is about pursuing your passions while remaining grounded and balanced.
During her college search, she purposefully sought out schools like Washington College. While she knew she wanted to be a doctor, she also had a love for writing and literature. “I remember doing an overnight and there was a program at the Literary House and I just thought that was the coolest thing ever – that there was a whole building where you could just go and sit and hang out and read,” she recalls. “I knew that if I was going to go into medicine that I wanted to be at a place where the people knew me, where I could distinguish myself and not just be a member. Washington College had all of that stuff.”
At Washington College, she embraced the full Liberal Arts experience. She was active in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and was a writer for The Elm. She majored in Biology and carried minors in both Chemistry and English and went on to graduate summa cum laude.
After graduating from Tulane University School of Medicine and completing her residency, she eventually began pursuing another passion — writing. She got her start writing for Bundoo, a parent-centered web site written by physicians, and has since had her writing featured elsewhere online. Her first book, Let’s Talk About Down There, was published in September 2021 and quickly became one of Amazon’s top-selling new releases in several health categories.
After nervously dipping her toes into the water of social media, Dr. Lincoln has since become an impressive and popular content creator, especially on Tik Tok (where she has over two million followers) and Instagram. Her handle on both platforms is @drjenniferlincoln.
“It’s another example of how you can use your training and your degree in a way that was not at all on my mind even two years ago. I feel like I get to use that part of my brain and for me it’s my creative outlet. I love to write, and I love to communicate, and I love to go through the research and pull out the things that can be really confusing and make them presentable and easy to understand.”
Dr. Lincoln’s posts often center on women’s health but touch on a variety of medical and social topics that often intersect. Her growing social media fame has dovetailed into appearances in traditional media from The Today Show and Good Morning America to various local news appearances.
Dr. Lincoln’s content is direct and honest and her willingness to engage uncomfortable topics has been a factor in her growing popularity. She brought that raw and open approach to a pair of online presentations to Washington College students during the Fall 2020 semester. Her passion for the field shone through, however, telling students, “It’s just pretty bad-ass that you get to go to work and you get to do these things … and you’re, like, ‘This is what I do every day and I get to do this cool stuff.’”
Dr. Lincoln, who also serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists and for the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, traces some of her ability to effectively find her voice and balance multiple commitments and back to her experience at Washington College.
“I felt the first year of medical school was so easy, because I already had those skills in place,” she adds. “The leadership positions I had at Washington College — in my sorority and with The Elm — those were huge. I learned time management. I learned responsibility. I learned communication."
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