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RESIDENCY: Alumna Took the Fast Track to Ross and Never Looked Back

August 17, 2016

Kofoworola Ojo, MD, recently began the psychiatry residency program at Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) in Staten Island, as she calls it the “number one” specialty in medicine.

“I remember it felt so awesome to match into a residency program. I started medical school about four years ago and the whole process led to where I am now,” said Ojo when remembering how it felt to receive the news that she received a residency appointment through the National Resident Matching Program®. “I’m really happy that I’m at my number one location, New York, and second choice residency.”

In addition to the skills Ojo has gained through her medical education at Ross, perhaps one of the most significant assets she can offer patients is her global perspective that allows her to identify with people from all walks of life. Ojo’s parents are from Nigeria, she was born in England and for much of Ojo’s childhood she was raised in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Since high school Ojo had her sights set on attending Ross. The local university, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in Teaneck, NJ, offered a program where students could obtain an undergraduate degree in three years and then begin their medical education at Ross, contingent on meeting admissions requirements. 

Ojo admits she had a bumpy start during her first semester, but quickly comments that the remainder of her tenure at Ross was “smooth”. Her clinical training was in New York at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center – Ojo’s first-choice location. She recalls the grueling schedule, “during my surgery clinical clerkship I was on call 24 hours every three days.”

With a promising future ahead, Ojo is looking beyond her residency at RUMC. She plans to conduct a fellowship in addiction or forensic psychiatry.

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