I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I am a first-year medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine. I graduated from Augusta University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. As a Nigerian-American, my love for international medicine is innate. There are people suffering all across the world, simply because their geographic location prevents them receiving adequate medical care. I have seen this first hand in Nigeria. I have a passion to serve West Africa and the numerous underserved nations globally. Following medical school, I wish to pursue a specialty in Emergency Medicine.
Project: "Role of Neuregulin in severe malaria pathogenesis"
June 4, 2017 - July 29, 2017
What does the Kean Fellowship mean to you?
I am so grateful to receive the Kean Fellowship. This opportunity will enable me to get my first hands-on experience with international medicine. The Fellowship will allow me to conduct malaria research, while also observing the healthcare system in Ghana. I will embark on an experience that will allow me to follow my passion for global health.
What do you anticipate learning?
This Fellowship makes it possible for me to learn the skills of clinical research. My time in Accra, Ghana, will allow me to grow professionally and personally. I anticipate learning a great deal about malaria from the experts I will work with in Ghana. I anticipate learning the history and culture of Ghana, as well as some of the socioeconomic challenges that they face and how that affects their healthcare system.
What interests you about tropical medicine and what problems are you interested in solving?
The people affected by tropical diseases are some of the most underserved populations in the world. I want to find solutions of how to help these socioeconomically impoverished countries. I also want people to be aware of the underlying root problems that these nations face. It's not only about treating the patient, but about understanding their lifestyle, circumstances and social determinants of health.