Welcome back to our #SNMAExcellence Series!
In this series, we are going to be routinely featuring both SNMA chapters and members that have displayed excellence through academic endeavors, community service, leadership roles, and/or research activities. If you feel that you or your chapter represents the excellence that the SNMA upholds on a daily basis, go on ahead and fill out this form! #SNMAExcellence
Name: Onome Oboh
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate Institution: Xavier University of Louisiana
College Major: Major: Biology; Minor: Chemistry
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Favorite Quote: “You never know what is a blessing and what is a curse, so praise God in all things.” - Nigerian Proverb
Contact Information: Email: Obohosel@msu.edu
Instagram – @0n0m33zy
Our ninth feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Onome Oboh, a second-year medical student at the Michigan State University College of Medicine! Throughout her time as a student-leader in medical school, she has served her community in various ways by not only actively participating in programs such as the Reach Out to Youth pipeline program, but also creating sustainable programs like Med School 101! In addition, she served as the Co-President of her school’s SNMA chapter, as a student ambassador for her school, and is involved in a number of other things that you can read more about in her feature! You’ll definitely want to read all about the incredible life experiences that this future physician had before getting into medical school, as well as the amazing advice that she would impart to her younger self if she could! Link to her feature on our Grand Rounds blog is in our bio!
Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?
I am currently an M2 and approaching my first round of boards (STEP 1). I honestly don’t think I had any other choice as far was what I wanted to do with my life...I believe in God, and I truly believe it was my calling to go into the medical field at the forefront of patient care.
How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?
This past year, as Co-President of a growing SNMA chapter at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, I have seen our membership increase. Our not only large, but diverse general body is present and active at every general body meeting and community service and pipeline event we have held. This year, I challenged myself to create a sustainable event, and through the support and efforts of my e-board, in Grand Rapids and East Lansing, our Office of Student Affairs, and Office of Admissions, Med School 101 was born. This three-part pipeline program provided an in-depth understanding of the primary medical school application, personal statement writing advisement, advice on finding a principal investigator for research experience, MMI practice, traditional interview practice, and real AMCAS applications from current medical students at CHM to analyze for underserved, under-represented premedical students. This program ended with our annual Cultural banquet on February 2nd, 2019.
What are your biggest accomplishments in medical school to date?
Creating Med School 101 was a passion project, but I am also involved in Reach Out to Youth, a pipeline program for students ages 6-11. ROTY is an annual event, in conjunction with our counterparts at Wayne State SOM. It provides a “mini-med school” experience for these minority children and their parents/guardians. Outside of pipeline events, I am also involved in surgical oncology research, I am a MSU CHM Student Ambassador, I was a part of a medical student-run research project in Ecuador, and I presented some of our findings at the RMEC for Region V in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am also a past CHM Student Council Member and a previous member of the Council on Diverse Education here at MSU CHM.
How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?
The SNMA, more than anything else, has given me a community of support and an outlet for my passion for mentorship. The bright minds of this organization are awe-inspiring, and the people I have met through the SNMA have galvanized me and reminded me that I can make a difference in the lives of the populations I hope to serve as a medical doctor, long before I walk across the graduation stage.
Did you take some time off before medical school? If so, what did you do during that time?
I was a SUPER non-traditional student. I took 5 whole years to get into medical school (most of the story is somewhere on my insta feed). In that time, I completed a post-baccalaureate program at UCLA, acted and sang in a broadway-style play at my church, got my Master of Science in Global Medicine at the University of Southern California, went to Brazil to work in a hospital assessing process flows and did a PowerPoint presentation on the US healthcare system to a medical school class there, did clinical hypertension research in black barbershops in Los Angeles, worked as a writer’s assistant to THE Bentley Kyle Evans, and became an aspiring writer.
If you could go back and have a chat with your college freshman self, what would you tell her?
If I could talk to my college freshman self...that’s a big question...I would tell her:
1. It’s ok to be afraid, and it’s ok if other people doubt your abilities. Take the leap and chase your dreams anyway because God has never let you down, even when it looked to you like He did.
2. It’s ok if you are seen as intimidating, it adds more value to the people who see you as strong and VALUE that in you.
3. Learn how to check your peace while chasing your passions. Not every path is meant to be followed. Check your peace before you proceed.
4. You are dynamic, you don’t have to prove that to anyone, not even yourself. Let the Holy Spirit and the gifts God gave you make space for you.
5. Be Humble. If God had put a passion in your heart for being a store clerk for the sake of the kingdom, that pursuit would have been just as important as what you are pursuing now.