Ghanaian mother, Dr. Cynthia Kudji and her daughter, Dr. Jasmine Kudji, are set to begin medical practice together after they both graduated with medical degrees in Louisiana, USA.
Dr. Cynthia Kudji matched in Family Medicine at Louisiana State University Health, while her daughter, Jasmine, also matched in General Surgery at the same University.
The two become the first ever mother and daughter to attend medical school at the same time and match at the same institution.
Both Cynthia and Jasmine are starting their residencies at LSU in Louisiana from July 1, 2020.
Born in Kenyasi in Ghana, Dr. Cynthia Kudji traveled to the US at the tender age of two.
Pregnant with daughter Jasmine at 23, Cynthia put her dreams of becoming a doctor on hold, but later pursued a career in nursing, working for almost a decade before deciding to attend medical school.
Dr. Kudji admits she didn’t always set out to become a doctor. However, it was during a trip to visit relatives in Ghana that she was inspired to pursue medicine.
“My mom wanted us to have a family trip back to Ghana and there was an incident where we were in the village and somebody just walked up to us and said that their child had a fever and was sick and wanted my mom and I to help. We put the child in water, trying to get the temperature down, and that’s pretty much all I remember. The last thing I did was ask how the child faired out and she was like ‘I don’t think the child did very well’ and I just remember being so frustrated that the mom had to come to a complete stranger to get access to health care. The only thing I knew that could change that situation was to be a physician. That drove the whole line of thought to ‘Hey, I would love to be a physician,” she told UMHS Endeavour.
Dr. Kudji received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Tulane and then attended nursing school at William Carey University and later went on to Loyola University to earn a Master of Science in Nursing.
She worked as a Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner but eventually decided, after being in nursing for almost a decade, that she wanted to become a physician.
She researched many medical schools, settling on University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) in St. Kitts and finally matched at LSU Health.
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