Internal Medicine, Graduating Class of 2023
I am originally from Benin City, Nigeria. I moved to the United States in 2018.
- Medical school: University of Benin College of Medicine, Nigeria
- Internship: Lagos State Health Service Commission, Lagos, Nigeria
Why did you come to the U.S.?
I moved to the US in late 2018 and settled originally in New York City. I moved to Michigan in late June of 2020 in preparation for residency. I decided to move to the U.S. to obtain a sound post-graduate medical training. It was an easy decision to rank Hurley number one on my list after visiting the program and interacting with the local people at my hotel. HMC is known for academic and clinical excellence, and has a strong research drive. The board pass rates recently have been 100%, and graduates have gone on to Match into very prestigious fellowship programs. Having lived in New York, I desired to relocate to an urban area that was less congested, with a rural feel. Hurley ticks all these boxes for me and, looking back, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I like the fact that Internal Medicine is quite broad and challenging.
My spouse lives in New York, and the plan is for her to join me early next year.
When you're not working, what do you do for fun?
I watch a lot of European soccer, especially the English Premier League. Cooking is another fun thing I do. There are some very nice lakes to visit in the Michigan area. I also enjoy travelling to visit colleagues in neighboring towns.
What do you love about Hurley and Mid-Michigan?
Hurley has that family feel, where most of the residents and faculty know each other. As a PGY-1, I have received tremendous support from my colleagues, seniors, and faculty. There is enough diverse pathology to learn from, and faculty are always there to teach. The Mid-Michigan area is quite beautiful with the surrounding lakes; the people are friendly, and cost of living is cheap.
What inspires you?
Perseverance. Life can be challenging as we encounter different obstacles on the path towards success. I find it inspiring when people do not succeed at first but eventually do after not giving up on their dreams.
What do you miss most about home?
I miss my nephews and nieces and cant wait to see them again. We have video calls every few weeks, which enables us to interact and keep in touch.
- Book: The Philadelphia Experiment by Bill Moore and Charles Berlitz
- Film series: Jason Bourne Series
- Music: Hip hop
- Website: bbcsport.com
We shall never surrender. Winston Churchill.
It was made at a time when the fate of the British people appeared sealed and defeat looked inevitable. The easy thing to do would have been to negotiate a surrender with the Axis forces. It took a great deal of courage, perseverance, and self-belief to not surrender, but instead to fight and emerge victorious.
Top 5 Flint an Michigan Favorites:
- Not as congested as the big cities.
- Relatively inexpensive.
- A lot of fun lakes, hills, and reserves to go for picnics and relaxation.
- The people are so friendly.
- Michigan is relatively safe.
Biggest surprise about working at Hurley?
Everyone at Hurley is so friendly and ready to help. It is truly a family here, and we look after ourselves, as we do the same for our patients.
I play soccer sometimes as it is quite fun and a good way to exercise.
Favorite ways to manage work-life balance?
I watch TV reruns, especially on Netflix, and travel to neighboring states and cities.