Jennifer Umeugo '12, MD '17

Jennifer Umeugo
For Jennifer Umeugo, Quinnipiac has become more than just a college; it's a new family tradition. Umeugo, of Ansonia, Conn., and her three siblings are all QU students or recent alumni.

Umeugo received her bachelor's degree in biology from Quinnipiac in 2012. Her sister, Cecrystal, received degrees in nursing and law; her brother, Ike, is a first-year law student; and her youngest brother, Tobe, is an undergraduate nursing major.

After graduating, Umeugo worked to earn her EMT certificate and worked in a primary care doctor's office. Medical school was always part of her plan.

Umeugo had the opportunity to shadow the doctor and help out with some patients. "I got to see first-hand what's involved. That was great," she says.

Now a member of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine's charter class, Umeugo is considering pediatrics and hopes to practice medicine in a rural or underserved area of the country.

"I loved going to see my own pediatrician," she recalls. "She was so happy and a great influence."

Umeugo didn't have to search far for a medical school that suited her. "I already knew what I liked about Quinnipiac," she says, including its small classes and professors who care and go out of their way to offer guidance and career advice. She also appreciates the University's investment in its students and state-of-the-art facilities.

As one of the first students to learn in the new Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Umeugo likes the idea of setting the tone for future students and helping to shape the medical school curriculum. The school's emphasis on the team approach to health care and its focus on comprehensive care resonate with her.

Later this semester, the medical students will each be assigned to a private practice, where they'll work closely with a doctor or group of doctors. Umeugo says she's looking forward to interacting with real patients. "That's why you want to be a doctor," she explains.

The medical students have also been asked to role-play as doctors and patients as part of a class. Umeugo says it's great that Quinnipiac starts teaching these skills so early in the curriculum-and it's another thing that made QU stand out from other medical schools.

"It underscores the importance of patient-centered care."

Hear more from Jennifer as she reflects on finding balance (video)

October 2013

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