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MP Faniyan Abiola 2022 grad

Abiola Faniyan

MD

Program:

Combined Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics, Graduating Class of 2022

Originally from:

Nigeria

Medical School:

Ladoke Akintola University College of Health Sciences, Nigeria

I completed internship training at the National Hospital Abuja. I worked as a doctor to a military population as part of Nigeria's one-year scheme of service to the nation before commencing a residency in internal medicine at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital.

What brought you to the U.S. and to Michigan?

During my time as a resident of internal medicine in Nigeria, I recognized how improving clinical processes could make a marked impact on health outcomes in patients, reducing both morbidity and mortality. I came to the United States in 2012 to pursue a Master's in Public Health at the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health to learn more about healthcare management and quality improvement with the goal to further impact clinical care both on an individual level and on a population-based scale. After obtaining my MPH, I had the opportunity to work on multiple projects to positively impact health outcomes in children at the Boston Children's Hospital.

When searching for where to pursue residency training, I was seeking an institution that has community care close to its heart and is committed to continually finding ways to improve clinical outcomes in their patient population. The internal medicine-pediatrics program at Hurley Medical Center demonstrated their investment in their patients, the community and their trainees. I saw that residents are well supported by knowledgeable and highly regarded faculty and receive excellent training with results to show for it.

I was also drawn to Michigan by its diversity, endless opportunities to take in picturesque scenery, and the warmth and hospitality of the people that live there.

Why did you choose your specialty?

The combined internal medicine and pediatrics specialty is wonderfully unique in that it allows clinicians to foster long-term relationships with their patients and facilitates continuity of care. I am also personally excited about the dynamics that come with seeing patients of all ages, which allow for endless opportunities for learning and versatility in practice.

Family

I am the oldest sibling in a close knit family of 4 children. My mother lives in Nigeria and visits me often. My brother, the second born, is a pediatric resident in Chicago. My youngest siblings, a brother and sister, live in the United Kingdom. My father, who passed 19 years ago, was a dedicated obstetrician and gynaecologist.

When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?

I love exploring different cultures through their food and am always looking for new places to dine. I am an avid movie lover and try to make the trip to the cinema hall every so often. In my spare time, I also write and paint.

What do you love most about Hurley?

Hurley's dedication to its patients definitely resonates with me. I also love the standard of clinical excellence and palpable dedication of faculty to trainees. There is a culture of camaraderie at Hurley that instantly makes you feel at home with other residents, faculty and administrative staff. I am so excited to explore the lakes and other natural scenery in Michigan this Summer. Michigan has such a unique landscape. I love the diversity and warmth of Michigan natives as well.

What inspires you?

My parents have been my biggest inspiration. We lived in England for 10 years before moving to Nigeria where my father set up his clinical practice. He moved us from England to Nigeria during the time when Nigeria was facing several economic challenges. He did this because he recognized the need to serve people who were in a very vulnerable situation at the time, with limited health care availability. He worked with the board of health in my native state to develop means to reduce maternal mortality and address women's health issues. Witnessing this firsthand has inspired me to always seek ways to serve those around me, especially the vulnerable.

I love to learn about others and enjoy meeting new people and have written prose and created artwork inspired by random encounters in the past.

What was your toughest challenge?

My father passed just before I completed my secondary education. We had a very close relationship so this was extremely challenging for me. This challenge changed my outlook early in life, and I learned to take nothing for granted and to give my best to every shot presented to me.

What do you miss most about home, and how do you stay in touch?

I miss my mother and siblings all the time! But my mother calls me several times a day so we definitely keep in touch. I also frequently speak to each one of my brothers and sister and try to make visits to see them regularly. I really miss Nigerian food! I try to cook Nigerian meals so that I don't miss it as much.

Special talents:

I write and draw a lot. While I was in Boston, I joined my church choir.

Favorite ways to manage work-life balance:

I am always in touch with loved ones. They always help keep me centered. I make time for prayer every day. This helps put everyday challenges into perspective and provides motivation to keep going. Watching a funny movie every now and then helps relieve stress, too.