Friends in Medicine ~ Dunnie Adetoba

By berrysmotivation - December 15, 2017

 
When you see an intelligent person, you know from a distance without even meeting them. I know Dunnie through a very close mutual friend. What I see from a distance, is a very smart- thinking and focused young doctor, who has successfully found a path in medicine and making the most of it. Her story is one to learn from because she had no excuses and she let nothing stop her from pursing her dreams. The path to residency as an international medical graduate in the U.S is often said to be a difficult one but within a year she was able to pass all exams and match into residency shortly after.
 
She says
My name is Dunnie Adetoba, a resident physician with an MSc in Women’s Health, currently in my first year in Family Medicine. I have been described as a “people person” and I think my specialty is a perfect fit for my personality because I love to talk and interact with people, not forgetting to put smiles on their faces whilst caring for them.
 
My mantra is “Make the world a better place by making myself a better person”, and that is what I strive to do every day by trying to impact the lives of people I meet especially my patients.
 
Working in the united states has further strengthened my thoughts to improve other people especially those in Nigeria because everyday I go to work, I notice the huge disparity between the life we live and the healthcare we receive here in the united states and that back home in Nigeria. That's one of the reasons I am actively involved in a charity foundation called Ivesmedicare Foundation (www.ivesmedicarefoundation.org). My goal is that through it, many people would be empowered in terms of health and education especially women and children.
In my spare time, I love to travel, eat good food and spend time with family and friends.

A little of my USMLE Journey:
These exams were the most tedious exams I have written in my entire career. Not because they were difficult, but because it had so much pressure attached to it knowing I had to complete them and just pass, but score high in such a limited time frame (Most residency programs set a cutoff time frame of 5 years post-graduation from medical school).
 
I took a whole year out to read and pass all four of the exams namely Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS and then Step 3. What kept me going was God, the support I got from my family and friends and my whole thoughts focused on the end game, which was eventually getting into residency.
 
My advice for anyone thinking of doing USMLE:
  • Don’t procrastinate. Set a goal and time frame for yourself and get it done.
  • Don’t aim to just pass (major mistake most people make), score high. Residency is very competitive in the USA hence most programs are focused on high scores.
  • Keep yourself clinically active. It is not enough to read and pass the exams. Most programs want US clinical experience. During my time, I went around working and shadowing various doctors in the clinics and hospital to build my experience and clinical skills.
  • Connection is everything. If you know someone who is a doctor or has contacts in a program, don’t be shy to ask for help or at least an introduction to who you need to meet. It plays a big role in getting observerships, electives and even residency interviews.
  • Last but not least, ask God for strength.

I started residency this year and the journey so far has been amazing.

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