Dr. McQueen is a global physician on a mission to educate about health, wellness, and disease prevention. She is an Emergency Medicine and Concierge Travel physician. She is also a best-selling author, speaker, consultant, CPR/First Aid instructor, and conducts wilderness emergency care training and international teaching for the American Heart Association.
Yvette has traveled to more than 40 countries for exploring, organizes medical missions to Africa, conducts hospital training/teaching in Rwanda and Tanzania, and participates in international church missions. She’s also the executive producer on the award-winning PBS travel show Fly Brother. Dr. McQueen is a Wellness Lifestyle Coach, a member of the Board of Directors of the Wellness Tourism Association, and hosts Continuing Medical Education (CME) trips and retreats.
We recently interviewed Yvette McQueen, MD to learn more about her story. As you can tell, she is one busy woman, so we kept it short!
Which came first for you: travel or medicine? Have you always had a love for travel or was it something that evolved through your work?
Travel came first for me. I loved geography and learning about other cultures. My family took many road trips throughout the year. My first airplane and international trip was when I was 14 years old and visited a pen pal in West Germany.
Most doctors pursue careers that are localized in one spot. What prompted you to make the leap to become an independent contractor/locum tenens physician?
I worked in one city for a few years but felt trapped. Being a locum tenens physician allows me to merge my two passions of medicine and travel. Also, I had a mentor while training who showed me how liberating locum work can be.
Tell us a bit about your most recent book, Travel 911: A Health Guide for Adventurers.
It’s a book to help people travel healthy with preventative measures for common travel medical problems and information on how to handle medical emergencies while traveling. It’s for all types of travelers.
Physician, author, educator…and television producer? How did you become involved as the Executive Producer of the PBS series Fly Brother? What does your role entail?
I met Ernest White II on a trip to Egypt. He was a journalist for the trip and we realized we were from the same city. We became friends and he told me his concept for the Fly Brother show. I help him with finding funding for the show production and also act as a medical consultant for the show and crew while they are traveling.
And finally, having traveled to more than 40 countries, is there one destination you would recommend for solo travelers?
I wouldn't recommend just one. It's a very personal decision and the destination should be adjusted to your particular desires. It’s all about common sense and awareness with solo traveling.
Join us for our July 13th edition of the Solo Traveler Insiders Speaker Series featuring Dr. Yvette McQueen. She’ll elaborate on basic health items to take when traveling, emergency prevention and preparation, and travel health and wellness. Get your questions ready! To participate in our virtual chat and ask your own questions, join the Solo Traveler Insiders here.