Pediatrics Graduating Class of 2021
Quality & Patient Safety Chief
Where are you from originally?
I am from Ondo State in Western Nigeria, but I grew up in Port Harcourt, which is in the South of Nigeria.
I completed my medical school training at Windsor University School of Medical in Saint Kitts, West Indies.
When did you come to the U.S. - and Michigan?
I came to the U.S in May 2014 for a Kaplan course in Pasadena. I later moved to Chicago to complete my clinical rotations. The first time I came to Michigan was to visit a family friend in Shelby Township. It is a charming city - I had a lot of fun, and I loved the atmosphere and the scenery. It was definitely less crowded than Chicago.
Why did you choose your specialty?
Growing up, there was a child born to a family friend of ours that had a "hole in his heart." I was very curious as to why such an unpleasant event can happen to such an innocent being. All I wanted to do was help him, and that ignited my initial interest in Pediatrics.
I come from a family of four, and that consists of my mom, dad, and brother. My father has a degree in mechanical engineering, and a combined degree in chemical and petrochemical engineering. My mother is an optometrist with a fellowship in pediatric optometry. My brother is a chemical engineer with a master’s degree in chemical engineering and environmental engineering. He is a solar consultant and specialist and he works in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. We are all very close and we have a great relationship.
When you're not working, what do you do for fun?
I love to cook, travel, and explore new places. I enjoy meeting and interacting with new people. I also love to binge watch TV shows online, especially reruns of Seinfeld, Frasier, and Friends. I am learning to play the guitar. I love hanging out with my friends and family.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by:
- Hard work, resilience, perseverance, and love.
- My Parents: They have worked hard and supported my brother and I through good times and difficult times
- Children: By their resilience and hopefulness
- Love: In its purest form, it has the ability to reach the darkest places and people. It is selfless, restorative, and forgiving.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. - Frederick Douglass.
I like it is because it speaks to the importance of nurture and bringing up children with the proper tools to enable them to handle anything.
On keeping work-life balance manageable:
I do yoga and Pilates. I also Skype my family, boyfriend, and friends; I am so grateful that I have an excellent support system.