A medical student from Maryland has a lot to celebrate with this news. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah made history as the first black woman to land a spot in Johns Hopkins‘ neurosurgery residency program, The Grio reports.
Last Friday (March 17), Abu-Bonsrah participated in a match-day event along with other fourth year medical students to find out where they’ll be enrolled in a residency-training program over the summer. To her surprise, when Abu-Bonsrah opened her acceptance envelope, it read the historic school’s name.
“Everything is special about the match. It will be a dream come true,” Abu-Bonsrah said.
Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is making history during #WomensHistoryMonth
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Abu-Bonsrah was born in Ghana, and came to the U.S. 11 years ago. She attended Hammond High School in Columbia, Md., and went to college at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg. This makes a very special accomplishment in her life, as she is the first physician in her immediate and extended family.
In efforts to give back to her homeland, she plans to do work in the African country and also serve underprivileged communities.
“I am very much interested in providing medical care in underserved settings, specifically surgical care,” she said. “I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure. I will be matching into neurosurgery, a field that I am greatly enamored with, and hope to utilize those skills in advancing global surgical care.”
“I want to be remembered for serving my community, whether it is through providing quality surgical care or helping mentor the next generation of surgeons,” she continued. Abu-Bonsrah also took to social media to express her gratitude on the major feat.