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#SNMAExcellence Series: Oluwadamilola Oshinuga

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 19, 2018
Updated: Friday, October 19, 2018

Welcome back to our #SNMAExcellence Series!

In this series, we are going to be routinely featuring both SNMA chapters and members that have displayed excellence through academic endeavors, community service, leadership roles, and/or research activities. If you feel that you or your chapter represents the excellence that the SNMA upholds on a daily basis, go on ahead and fill out this form! #SNMAExcellence




Name:  Oluwadamilola Oshinuga

Hometown: Victorville, CA

Undergraduate Institution: UCLA

College Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics

Medical School: M4, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

Favorite Quote: "There is always someone better than you and there is always someone worse than you. So instead of comparing yourself to others, compare yourself to your yesterday's self."

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Additional Links: @damnnnitsdami


Our fifth feature in the #SNMAExcellence series is Oluwadamilola Oshinuga, a fourth year medical student at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently in the residency application process, and we at the SNMA are so excited to see where she will go and the impact she will make. She has been an integral part of revamping her SNMA chapter and has made a huge impact as a tutor, mentor and advocate at her medical school! #SNMAExcellence


Where are you currently at in your career path and why did you decide to pursue this career path?

I am currently in my last year of medical school planning to attend residency in Pediatrics. I decided to pursue Pediatrics because of the profound influence children have not only my life but also on the future. I did not realize my love for this population until I was about three-quarters through third year of medical school, but I am certain of my decision and excited to learn from those who hold the future in their hands.

How is your chapter exhibiting #SNMAExcellence?

The SNMA population at my medical school is quite low, but we always uplift one another within our cohorts and the cohorts below us. A brief example of this is where the rising fourth-year medical student put together an event for the rising third-year medical students; we spent five hours practicing presentations, chart reviewing, and practicing other skills that they might need to succeed in third-year clerkships. We are sure to extend the same hand to the community. We occasionally bring high school and junior high school students to the medical school to pique interest in the STEM field. We show these young students that it's possible to be successful and follow your dreams. We go through modules with them where they practice auscultating the heart and the lungs, public speaking, CPR, and other modules that are designed solely by the members of the SNMA.

What are your biggest accomplishments in medical school to date?

One of my cherished accomplishments in medical school is continuing to serve cohorts below me as well as my community. No matter how busy or how large my workload is, I will always find time to tutor, to put together events, and to help the community in whatever ways I'm needed.

How has the SNMA impacted your medical school experience?

SNMA has been an awesome community throughout all of my medical school career. It gave me people who I can look up to and who I can go to with difficult times.

Did you take some time off before medical school? If so, what did you do during that time?

I decided to take time off before I started medical school. After I received my degree from UCLA, I moved to Japan. I moved there in order to teach English and yoga, but mostly I moved in order to understand more about myself. I spent about a year there and while I was there I learned the language and I made a lot of lifelong friendships. I learned a lot about myself and I learned that communication is very much possible without language. I recommend almost everybody who wants to go to medical school to take some time off to get to know themselves. It was definitely the most rewarding adventure that I have ever embarked on and I would go back and do it exactly the same.

What do you feel is the most challenging part of medical school? The easiest part?

The most difficult part of medical school is not losing yourself in the grind. It's difficult to stay true to yourself, continue to do what you love, and study hard without thinking you're less than. But it is all possible especially when you surround yourself with people who exude love and tranquility. The easiest part of my medical career has been connecting with friends and patients. That has been the most fun and exciting part of being in medicine.

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