Black History Month Abimbola Saka, Translational Research Program
"I was born and raised in Nigerian; the Federal Republic of Nigeria Is a sovereign country in West Africa, comprising 36 states, with Lagos being the most popular and most populated state. Nigeria gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1960.
For me, Black History Month is a month to take pride in my unique culture and heritage as Yoruba Nigerian and highlight the successes and struggles within the black community.
As an International Medical Graduate and a recent graduate of the Translational Research Program at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, I have often been the only black or Nigerian in my class, which often inspired me to highlight the need for diversity in medical education.
Appreciating and highlighting black people's success should not be limited to black history month alone. I encourage others to unlearn what they know about the black community and be open-minded to learning and welcoming more black people and their cultures into medical education. As an alumnus of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, I see the Faculty's measures to promote diversity, which encouraged me to become a member of the IMS EDI committee.
I attribute my academic success and accomplishments as an MD and a Translational Researcher to the support of my family, friends, God, and allies in the Translational Research Program and other institutions I have attended. They have helped me to become who I am today. As an alumnus of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, I look forward to continuing my training to become a trained physician and a researcher.''