Ofole Mgbako

Ofole Mgbako

Class of 2008, Africa and America
Internal Medicine Resident, NYU Langone Medical Center
Ofole Mgbako
Field: 
America
Focus Area: 
With a comparative focus on Africa

As I continue my medical training at the University of Pennsylvania, I look back on my time as a concentrator in History and Literature with gratitude. In every class I took during my time with History and Literature, professors encouraged me to place myself in a different historical period and ask myself why writers made specific choices in their work. This fidelity to context and commitment to the idea of every text being a reflection of a historical moment applies directly to the study of medicine. Becoming a good doctor requires the ability to look beyond a patient’s illness and understand the full context of his or her condition. It also requires one to understand how a patient’s ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, and personal history shape the progression of their illness. Furthermore, the faculty fostered an environment where innovation and inquiry drove excellence. In medicine, my professors have stressed the need for innovation to push the boundaries of medical care and the importance of inquiry to continually reshape and refine the field. History and Literature allowed me to create my own combined field of Africa and America, and encouraged me to travel the world in order to discover untold narratives at the intersection of African and American culture. This experience has defined my approach to my medical career. I wish to work in urban health and international medicine, and use the lessons I acquired as a concentrator to help my patients and impact communities throughout the world.

Profession: 
Medicine
Current Position: 

M.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Updated 2012)

Thesis Title: 

“My Blackness is the Beauty of This Land”: African-American Culture and the Creation of the Black World in South Africa's Black Consciousness Movement (1969-1978)

Thesis Title: “My Blackness is the Beauty of This Land”: African-American Culture and the Creation of the Black World in South Africa's Black Consciousness Movement (1969-1978)

What Now: Internal Medicine Resident at NYU Langone Medical Center

I look back on my time as a concentrator in History and Literature with gratitude. In every class I took during my time in History and Literature, my professors encouraged me to place myself in a different historical period and ask myself why writers made specific choices in their work. This fidelity to context and commitment to the idea of every text being a reflection of a historical moment applies directly to the study of medicine. Becoming a good doctor requires the ability to look beyond a patient’s illness and understand the full context of his or her condition. It also requires one to understand how a patient’s ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, and personal history shape the progression of their illness. The History and Literature faculty fostered an environment where innovation and inquiry drove excellence. In medicine, I have witnessed firsthand the need for innovative thinking to widen the possibilities of healthcare delivery and the importance of inquiry to continually reshape and refine the field. History and Literature allowed me to create my own combined field of Africa and America, and encouraged me to travel the world in order to discover untold narratives at the intersection of African and American culture. This experience has defined my approach to my medical career. As I approach the end of my internal medicine residency, I hope to work in urban health and international medicine, and use the lessons I acquired as a concentrator to help my patients and impact communities throughout the world.

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