This month, we interview Jide, who lifts the curtain a little on NYU medical school. Babajide, or Jide as his friends call him, was born in Nigeria then raised Georgia. Jide earned his Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from the University of Georgia (UGA) in 2011 with high honors. He was introduced to scientific research through the CURO Honors Scholarship at UGA. Through his thesis work at UGA he earned the UGA Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, as well as the nationally coveted UNCF-Merck Research Scholarship Award. Currently, he is pursuing a MD and a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology at NYU School of Medicine.
If you could describe your medical school in three adjectives, what would they be?
Supportive, innovative, and evidence-driven.
What's one thing that the average applicant would be surprised to learn about your medical school's curriculum?
The curriculum pushes students to augment their education with either the accelerated 3-year MD or a dual degree by giving students time to pursue other interests along with medicine.
What is something unique or different about the admissions interview process at your medical school?
NYU's Multiple Mini Interviews have a variety of individuals including nurses, scientists, and students interviewing you. The people evaluate you have completely different perspectives.
What's a tradition that you've enjoyed at your medical school that most prospective students don't know about?
There are certain events (like the welcome back BBQ or Diversity week food fair) that student clubs put on that always attract a massive showing (even more than formal). There is always a ridiculous amount of food and you see people from every year, recent graduates, people on their research year, and the best time to rekindle old friendships and make new ones is while stuffing your face with free food.
What's one thing you wish you'd known when you were applying to medical school?
That life outside of medicine matters a lot more. This was the beginning of a marathon, not a sprint, and you shouldn't put any aspect of your life on pause until you "finish".
What kind of doctor do you want to be when you grow up? :)
I want to be either a cardiologist or emergency medicine doctor who travels the world (especially Africa) helping people in less privileged settings develop infrastructure and techniques to accommodate the health disparities they face.
Want to work with Jide as you prepare your MD applications?