Chief Medical Officer
Doctor Jayla Kij was the Chief Medical Officer aboard the USS Black Hawk-A. She previously held the same position aboard the USS Black Hawk. Her present rank is Commander.
Jayla was born on Earth to two unjoined Trills, but they relocated back to Trill before Jayla was a year old. She and her sister grew up near the ocean in a temperate climate. Childhood was full of exploring the area around their home, Cliff diving, and, of course, school.
At the age of fifteen, a freak accident during a family camping trip in the wilds of Cambria (second planet of the Zeta system where no electronic technology is allowed) with some friends caused Jayla- the eldest unjoined Trill in their numbers genetically capable of being joined- to carry a symbiont for a short time until they could get to help. Unfortunately, they did not reach civilization until after the bond had formed to Jayla.
As a result, she struggled to come to grips with the joining. She went through a time of depression which culminated in a suicide attempt. Her parents sent her to live with their friend Saraja Jelic, a joined Trill, who helped Jayla to work through the memories and emotions that had overwhelmed her. While there, she met and was annoyed by Alex Rylan. Though she never would have admitted it at the time, his unconditional friendship- no matter how horribly she treated him- helped her through the difficult time. Eventually, she returned to her cheerful self.
Upon completion of secondary school, Jayla decided to enter Starfleet. Jelic advised medical school, and since Jayla idolized her mentor by this time, she applied to Starfleet Medical and was accepted.
She excelled in her studies, taking to medicine quickly, and graduated near the top of her class. To her delight, she was assigned to an Internship under Doctor Jelic on the USS Impala, where she also completed her residency.
She was assigned to the USS Frost as the chief of Pediatrics due to her ease in dealing with children. The Frost had a substantial child population, leaving Jayla with her hands full. After two years, she was promoted to Assistant Chief Medical Officer. Following nearly a full year there, she was promoted to CMO of the USS Black Hawk.
While on the Black Hawk, right in the middle of a crisis, she got the idea that one of Kij's past hosts may be taking over when she became stressed. Also at this time, she felt as if she had no friends and nobody in whom to confide. Then, during a battle with the Consortium, she watched an old friend die. Everything added up to cause significant mental distress and the two months' leave granted to the whole crew was used visiting her family and attending regular counseling sessions at the Symbiosis Commission.
Her fears of Kij's past hosts taking over turned out to be unfounded. The truth was that her mind would not accept some of the things she did under stress and so separated her from it. It is not dangerous, and so she has opted to just let it be for the time being.
Upon returning to the Black Hawk-A, she still felt alienated from her friends. She could not explain it or understand it, but she didn't feel comfortable with people. She struggled with it for some time before the ship entered the Finnean Convergence Zone.
Without her memory, Jayla was returned to her usual cheerful self. Since their memories returned earliest first continuing through to the most recent, she was reminded how her life had been full of mostly good and that cheered her up tremendously. Even when the memories of her recent troubles returned, she was able to maintain her cheerful disposition.
It was also at this time that she reconnected with Alex Rylan, who had been assigned to her medical department. She apologized for the way she had treated him when they were teenagers- including the time she punched him in the face and broke his nose- and they became friends, eventually even dating. Now all that remains is to get out of this godforsaken zone!
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- See also: Harvey Geisler
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|2380-2382||Medical Internship||USS Impala|
|2384-2386||Chief of Pediatrics||USS Frost|
|2386||Assistant Chief Medical Officer||USS Frost|
|2388||Chief Medical Officer||USS Black Hawk|
|2388-2390||Chief Medical Officer||USS Black Hawk-A|
|2390||Chief of Medicine||Trill|