Hometown: New Jersey
Name of Undergraduate Institution: Brown University
Major(s)/Minor(s) in College: Public Health (Concentration)
Name of Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Favorite Quote: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair” – U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
Contact Info: email@example.com
Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?
I am in my third year of medical school and I am currently in the thick of clinical rotations. When I started this journey 7 years ago, (I am in an 8-year BA/BS/MD program at my school), getting to this point seemed so far away. However, I am almost at the “finish line” which is very exciting. I started to get interested in medicine at young age. My mother is a physician and I wanted to emulate her in as many ways as possible so naturally I decided that I too wanted to become a physician at age 5. It wasn’t until high school that I found my “why.” After learning about obstetric fistula, a devastating birth injury caused by inadequate prenatal and peripartum care that affects women in developing nations, I knew that I had discovered my interest in women’s health. From that day on, I have desired to focus my medical career on caring for women and improving their access to care. As I have grown older and became more socially conscious, the bias that Black women specifically face in the reproductive health care system has tugged at my core. My current goal is to become an OB/GYN Physician advocate in hopes of working day in and day out to end the disparities Black women face when it comes to infertility care, maternal morbidity and mortality, and also postpartum depression.
If you could go back and have a chat with your naïve college freshman self, what would you tell her?
Looking back at my college freshman self, I would have told myself to take more art and media classes. I was in the unique position of being in a combined BA/MD program called the Program in Liberal Medication where I was accepted to Medical School during my senior year of high school. The program is exactly what it sounds like – its focus is on allowing students to pursue in the arts and humanities rather than taking solely hardcore science classes. I will never regret my Public Health degree, but I do wish that I took more Modern Culture and Media courses and also took classes to develop my technical skills in photography and film. I did wind up taking classes of this nature during my senior year of college, but I would tell myself to pursue those classes earlier since it was such a unique opportunity.
Do you have any passions outside of school? If so, what are they?
My main passions outside of school lie in the arts. I taught myself photography while in high school (thank you YouTube) and I have been freelancing since senior year of college. I am a portrait photographer, so I have done lifestyle shoots for bloggers, graduation photos, and I have even shot a wedding. Apart from photography, I also dabble in videography. Since my first year of medical school, I have actually been independently filming, producing, and directing my documentary series entitled Black Motherhood through the Lens. It is about four Black women’s experiences navigating infertility while being uninsured, childbirth in the face of disparate maternal mortality outcomes, and postpartum depression. I recently released my trailer and hope to start releasing the films starting Spring 2021.
What do you like to do for fun?
Pre-COVID, I thoroughly enjoyed partaking in classic Black Millennial activities such as brunching until 4 pm and day parties (in that order) and of course traveling. Now, I really enjoy shopping online, watching New York Times and Vice News documentaries, and also video editing.
In regards to dating, what kind of qualities are you looking for in someone?
I am currently quite single so I have, of course, thought about this a lot. But I am really looking for someone who is encouraging (words of affirmation is supposedly one of my love languages), someone who will not hinder my aspirations but will be there to push me even further, someone who loves the Lord (non-negotiable), and someone who is also a fellow creative.
What extra-curricular activities are you involved in at your school?
For extra-curricular activities during medical school, I was co-leader of my school’s OB/GYN interest group where I made it a point to bring to light disparities affecting Black women and other women of color in the reproductive healthcare field. I am also heavily involved in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and have been involved on the local, regional, and national levels. I served as Chapter President during my first and second year of medical school, Regional Webmaster since my first year, and this past year, I became Co-Chair of the National External Affairs Committee of the SNMA Board of Directors.
So much great information! Thank you for sharing your unique experiences and passions with us Ade, you’re very much appreciated! Through your passions, you will make a huge impact in your future specialty and in medicine as a whole! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors!
Posted on April 13th, 2021