Becoming a Doctor – and a Mom | Ngozi Monu | Weill Cornell Medicine

Becoming a Doctor – and a Mom | Ngozi Monu | Weill Cornell Medicine


(upbeat music) – I qualified for my first
Olympics during college, and my second Olympics during
my post-doctoral training. And I think my third Olympics really was being a
mother in medical school. (whooshing) I first came to the United
States as a 16 year old from Nigeria on a full
scholarship to attend college. I had the dream of always
going to medical school, however being a foreign student, it was very challenging to get funding. While I was in college I got
really interested in research and then pursued a PhD and in that process
became eligible to apply for scholarships and loans by
getting permanent residency. Scholarship was really
key in making the decision to go to medical school
because at the time, I was looking to start a family, which comes with its own financial burden. And so being able to go to an
institution like Weill Cornell that supported students
in need was critical. I had my first child, my son, about two years into medical school. And I had my daughter about a year ago. I was really surprised by the
amount of support I received. The administration
understanding how important starting a family was to me, and making sure that we could
work around my curriculum to really make that happen. I will be able to graduate
with that medical degree because of Weill Cornell. I’m really excited that
I matched into OB/GYN here at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill
Cornell. I wanna keep dreaming big. I wanna be an innovator. I wanna be a leader in the field. And most importantly, I
want to impact my patients in a way that brings them hope.

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