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Blog posts : "Africa"

Residency Ob/GYN, Chinese, Research

It was my first break since I entered medical school, and I was on the train from Shanghai to my hometown. The train was full of people going home from the Spring Festival. I was relaxed, comfortable, and happy. Suddenly, I heard an announcement over the train’s speaker system. “Emergency medical se…

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Medical Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery


In the summers of 95 and 96, I worked closely with a group of private practice orthopedic surgeons in Nashville, Tennessee. Before my experience there, I knew that I wanted to be a physician, but I had not decided what career path I would follow after medical school. I was unaware of the indelible …

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Ob/Gyn Residency, Joy of Childbirth, Africa


I am a soldier against infant mortality in my native Nigeria. I have chosen this occupation because nothing compares to the joy of childbirth, especially in Africa, and conversely, there is nothing as painful as losing a child at birth. As a young girl in Nigeria, I rejoiced with a …

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