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Brother and Sister Grads Receive MD Degrees at 2011 RUSM Commencement

10/26/11

Drs. Evelyn and Anthony Isedeh

Drs. Evelyn and Anthony Isedeh

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ–October 26, 2011—Graduation is an event that is meant to be shared with loved ones, but for siblings Evelyn ‘11 and Anthony ‘11 Isedeh, this year’s Ross University School of Medicine’s (RUSM) commencement was doubly special because they both got to walk across the stage and receive their MD degrees, one right after the other.

“I have had the good fortune of receiving other degrees, but none was as special as this one,” said Anthony Isedeh. “The entire day was surreal—from driving together to the ceremony to walking up the stage behind my sister and receiving our degrees one after the other.”

There is a strong family history of medicine in the Isedeh family, according to Evelyn Isedeh.

“My father is Nigerian, and he was a practicing physician there. I also have two sisters who went to different medical schools, and all four of us are in residencies right now,” she said.

Before going to medical school, both Evelyn and Anthony Isedeh spent several years in the nursing field before she decided that she wanted to be the one managing her patients’ care.

“I got the idea first,” she explained teasingly. “And, of course, then he did, too. Both of us have always wanted to help people. By that time, I’d already worked with several residents from Ross and seen first-hand the skills they had, so I decided to apply.”

“I can't point to any one particular reason that led to the decision to become a physician, but I do know most of my prior professions involved taking care of people in some capacity,” Anthony Isedeh commented. “I now also know that my position as a physician allows me access into people lives and with this opportunity we can truly make a difference in their health.”

Although they graduated at the same time, because Anthony Isedeh originally went to another Caribbean medical school and transferred to RUSM in fifth semester, they were never actually in the same place at the same time as students.

“Since he’s my older brother, that may have actually been a good thing,” she joked. “My time at RUSM was great. The professors in Dominica were terrific and overall I got a good foundation. In clinical rotations, a lot of it is what you put into it. If you’re enthusiastic and show you want to learn, the attendings see that and let you do more. You need to be self-motivated; it’s up to you to have the passion to want to learn more so you can be an even better physician.”

Today, both Evelyn and Anthony Isedeh are in internal medicine residencies at separate institutions—she is at the University of Connecticut, and he is at Newark Beth Israel.

When asked why she wanted to focus on IM, Evelyn Isedeh responded, “My interest really stemmed from my time as a nurse when I realized I wanted to be fully responsible for my patients’ care. There’s so much variety in internal medicine. You see adult patients of all ages, and there are always a lot of differentials involved. And even in cases where you have to refer out, at the end of the day, all of the referring physicians have to consult with me, so I get to make the ultimate decisions that affect my patients’ care overall.”

Anthony Isedeh has been working in internal medicine for last several months, and noted that if has exceeded his expectations.

“In regards to specializing, I have not yet had enough experience to make a decision yet. For now, internal medicine is where I am and what I enjoy because it allows me to see a wide variety of patients and pathology with everyday different than the previous one,” he said.

Evelyn Isedeh’s plans for the future include completing her residency and someday opening her own practice. She would also like to become involved in medical mission trips to foreign counties, which is something she has always had an interest in, but hasn’t had the time to pursue.

“I’m really looking forward to taking part in medical missions,” she said. “I think it’s important to give back in areas that have a real need for healthcare services.”

She added that, throughout her medical career, she has subscribed to what she calls the “four D’s”—devotion, discipline, determination and daily prayers.

“I would advise all of those things to anyone who is thinking about becoming a physician,” she said. “They definitely helped me get where I am today.”

About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University School of Medicine was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical education offering a doctor of medicine degree program. Students begin their foundational studies in Dominica, West Indies, and complete their clinical training in teaching hospitals throughout the United States.  The School of Medicine places more graduates into US residencies annually than any other medical school in the world

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit www.RossU.edu or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.