Ghana-turned-Maryland native Nancy Abu-Bonsrah made history when she matched for a spot in Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's neurological department, becoming the first female African-American person enroll in the program, USA Today reported.
"It was a realization that dawned on me after all the hype," Abu-Bonsrah said. "I asked some of the senior residents, ‘would I be the first [black female resident]’ and they said I would, but I still couldn’t believe it."
Abu-Bonsrah learned of her placement on Match Day, an event where fourth-year medical students find out what residency program is the best fit for them. This year's Match Day occurred last week.
Acting on her suspicions, Abu-Bonsrah checked department office records, which have photos of past students.
"I spent some time in the office and looked through all the pictures and paused at each one," Abu-Bonsrah said. "I did that several times before I convinced myself that that was the case."
Abu-Bonsrah, who moved to Maryland roughly 11 years ago, said the experience is humbling but also bears a lot of weight.
"It’s not something I expected to happen. It provides a lot of responsibility to mentor other minorities," she continued.
After graduation, she hopes to provide surgical care to underserved communities in Ghana.
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