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Student Voices: Medicine

Hear about some of the experiences of your fellow Drexel students about their experiences applying for and undertaking fellowships.

Fulbright Update from Nigeria: Seyi Aderotoye

Seyi is a student at Drexel University College of Medicine (MD ’15) and she is spending a year in Lagos, Nigeria on a Fulbright US Student Program grant. Seyi’s project aims to determine the cultural and socioeconomic influence on pain management for sickle cell disease (SCD) patients in Nigeria. Of Nigerian descent herself, Seyi is using her Fulbright experience to bring together Western and African understandings of sickle cell treatments.

Recently she participated in a medical mission in Oyo State with the senator of South Oyo and the Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization, Labakcare. Together they visited two villages and provided health screening, services and medication.

The first village they worked in was Ibarapa, which is surrounded by hills (see photos) and has no medical clinic or hospital.  “The medical mission was major for that area,” Seyi observed. “We provided services at the Igangan town hall.”

The second location they visited was Agugu, a small town within Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State. “By the time we headed [there], the team had been together for three days so we were comfortable with each other,” wrote Seyi.

They traveled with police escorts and in a coaster bus provided by the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan, a highly respected institution throughout Nigeria and West Africa.