HR professional, brand and business strategist, Wale Tejumade, took to Instagram to share this inspiring story of a Nigerian lady who just qualified as a medical doctor in America despite hearing many ‘no’s’ in her journey to become a medical doctor and fulfill her dreams.
“My First ‘No’: I’ve been waiting 14 years to share this story. Please take the time to read
At 31 years of age, today marks the completion of:
1. Four years of a medical magnet school
2. Four years as a Neuroscience Major (B.S.)
3. Four years of Medical School (M.D.)
4. Five years of Orthopedic Surgery Residency
5. One year of Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
That is 18 years of training, 14 years post high school. The closer you get to accomplishing your dreams, the easier it is for people to discourage you and marginalize your goals
Along this path I entered college at the University of Miami, the best school in Florida. I was accepted to the Neuroscience program. The real journey was about to begin. Like I said earlier, as a little Black child it’s only perceived as a dream, not as a journey that will actually manifest
My first ‘No’ came my freshman year of college. I completed my first semester and had to meet with my freshman advisor. I met with Dr. Victoria Noriega, a beautiful intelligent woman that I looked up to. I reviewed my grades with her. I had a B in biology, the rest were A’s. I’ll never forget when she told me I would not get into medical school. My grades were not high enough. She then proceeded to say, minorities do better in health related psychology fields. She was the first person to tell me, I couldn’t make it to M.D., but she wouldn’t be the last
I’ve heard many No’s. I would not get into medical school. I was told, ‘I fit better as a Family Practice physician’, because I don’t have the demeanor of a physician. I was told, during the time I was applying to residency that ‘I would never get into an orthopedic residency…
You see, there are many No’s along my journey. I can honestly say not once did any “No” deter me. It literally went in one ear, out the other and in the garbage can. It never stopped my grind and that is why 14 years after that incident I’m graduating
Today I have at least a dozen minorities I am mentoring to also become an orthopedic surgeon. How sad would it be if I heeded that first No. Imagine if instead of no, I heard ‘how can I help you get there?’
Her story teaches us not to give up easily in life!