Nancy Abu-Bonsrah got some really good news last week: She got accepted into the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s neurosurgery residency program. This makes her the first black woman to do so in the 30-year history of the program.
She told Teen Vogue that she initially felt a rush of emotions when she found out on “Match Day”, the day when medical students nationwide learn if and where they “match” for postgraduate residency programs, which they must complete before practicing medicine in the U.S.
According to a representative from John Hopkins, the school accepts three to five neurosurgery residents each year.
The 26-year-old Nancy says that the first emotion was amazement, as she could not believe that she was going to be given the incredible opportunity to remain at John Hopkins and begin her neurosurgical training. Then came the joy and happiness.
Nancy moved to the U.S. from Ghana when she was 15 years old, and she realized that she wanted to pursue neurosurgery on her trip back to Ghana. She got the opportunity to spend some time in one of the teaching hospitals in Ghana, and she experienced the uniqueness of neurosurgery, as well as the general lack of access to care.
The experience in Ghana inspired her to go into a field she believes will give her the opportunity to serve others in a meaningful way, and she hopes to return to Ghana one day to do so.
We would like to congratulate to Nancy Abu-Bonsrah and wish her good luck for the future!