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Student & Alumni Achievements

Northwestern: Medical Student Honored for Efforts to Combat Health Disparities

For Ms. Ramael Ohiomoba, the desire to pursue medical school stemmed from a firm passion for learning about and addressing healthcare disparities in underrepresented minority communities. Now a second-year medical student at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, she has chosen to specialize in cardiology and is actively involved in Student to Resident Institutional Vehicle for Excellence (STRIVE) program, which provides academic, social and professional support to underrepresented minority students at Feinberg preparing for and applying to residency programs.

She was recently chosen as one of two first- or second-year medical students in the United States to be awarded the Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship from the Association of Black Cardiologists. The award supports future cardiologists, promotes diversity in medicine and encourages commitment to eliminating healthcare disparities.

According to Ms. Ohiomoba, the scholarship is not only a personal honor, but also a reminder of her commitment to promote equal access to healthcare for underrepresented minority communities through academic research and clinical care.

In this Q&A, Ms. Ohiomoba discusses how this award will help her further her medical school career, her desire to study cardiology and healthcare disparities and the importance of diversity in medicine.

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