- A mother and her daughter who were in the same year group have both graduated from medical school
- Beautiful photos from the graduation have been sighted on social media
- Reports indicate that the duo would soon be starting their residency at LSU
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Drs Cynthia and Jasmine Kudji, mother and daughter respectively, have etched their names in the books of history by becoming the first mom and daughter to graduate medical school in the same year and be matched at the same institution.
The Jasmine attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana while her mother Cynthia enrolled at The University of Health and Sciences on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.
The duo has shared their story and lovely photos of their big day to motivate people all over the world.
Dr Jasmine Kudji studied General Surgery while her mother Cynthia enrolled in the Family Medicine Programme.
They graduated in March 2020 and would officially begin their residency on July 1, 2020.
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Dr. Kudji was born in the village of Kenyasi in Ghana and went to the United States at age two. It was during a trip back to Ghana to visit relatives that she was inspired to become a doctor.
It is reported that the duo has made history as the first mother and daughter to graduate from medical school in the same year and also be matched to the same medical institution to begin their residency.
umhs-sk.org writes that "Dr. Cynthia Kudji, originally from Ghana, West Africa, has come a long way from being a 23-year-old student and pregnant with daughter Jasmine, when she had to put dreams of becoming a doctor on the back burner."
Dr Jasmine told physiciansoutlook.com that "My mother is the most inspiring person in my life, and she is one of the only reasons I was able to make it to where I am today. She was born in Ghana, West Africa and is a second-generation college graduate.
At the age of 23, during her senior year of college at Tulane University, she became pregnant with me and had to put her dreams of attending medical school on hold. She had no source of income and was forced to raise her daughter on her own.
As a result, she began working as a Nursing Assistant and soon became a Registered Nurse. Many years later she then became a Nurse Practitioner as well as a faculty member at the LSU School of Nursing in New Orleans."
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Their massive achievement has gone viral and they have received many kind words.
The Facebook page of Ghana Physicians and Surgeons Foundation highlighted the duo's achievements and congratulated them on their page.
The congratulatory message read: "Congratulations to this Ghanaian Mother-Daughter pair who both graduated medical school this year and will starting residency at LSU! These groundbreaking women are the first mother and daughter to attend medical school at the same time and match at the same institution.
“As a single parent, Dr. Cynthia Kudji began her healthcare career as a nursing assistant in a nursing home and was soon on an upward trajectory that took her through nursing school to become a hospital RN, and eventually, a nurse practitioner serving rural communities throughout Louisiana and Alabama. A trip back home to Ghana confirmed her desire to become a physician”.
@doctor.504 @dr.kudji.sylvester We are so proud of you both! Welcome to the GPSF Family"
In another interesting piece of news, four outstanding Ghanaian scientists have been named as part of Africa's 29 brilliant scientists awarded as future leaders by the African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowship.
In a news report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Peacefmonline, the four scientists form part of FLAIR's second cohort and are set to undertake cutting-edge scientific research that will address global challenges facing developing countries such as Ghana.
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The list of four includes Bismarck Dinko, a scientist at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Edem Mahu & John Kuumuori Ganle, scientists at the University of Ghana (UG), and Philip Antwi-Agyei, of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST).
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