Chioma Okwara knew that she had to become a doctor after her 9-year-old brother suffered a car crash and died as a result of not getting proper medical treatment he needed.
Now 27-years-old, Okwara said: “In medicine, I found a reason to keep going.” She said: “It was this hope that there was something I could do about it, that I could keep someone from going through what I went through. That hope is what kind of propelled me towards medicine.”
Her family moved to the United States where she earned her bachelors degree at UMass Boston. After graduating she worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Now Okwara is back at Umass Medical to finish her doctor’s degree, which she should be finishing in June.
Now Okwara is applying for residency in the USA travelling across the country to find a job. She said: “I always kind of believed God leads me to the places I need to be.”
When she received a letter that told her that there was a place for her at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston she was filled with joy. Okwara stated: “I’m going to be working with some of the brightest minds in medicine. It’s going to be a great opportunity to learn a lot of things, but I also know it will be challenging.”