Thanks to my knowledge of biostatistics and epidemiology,
I can quickly analyze the quality of medical studies for the media.
"Speaking out about global health care inequity and health and wellness"
A physician, clinical instructor, and media personality, Okeke-Igbokwe leads teams of residents, medical students, and nurse practitioners at the NYU School of Medicine and at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. At ease on live television and a perceptive thinker, Okeke-Igbokwe —known as Dr. Nesochi—often corrects misinformation about the latest health trends, and encourages a measured and thoughtful approach to personal health. She has advised teenagers in Seventeen magazine to resist fad diets, and in Reader’s Digest she cautioned older adults to ignore the exaggerated significance of gray hair. She was also recently profiled in the website Daily Ellement’s “Real Life Glam” series, which features inspirational women. Other accomplishments include being selected in the first class of Gates Millennium Scholars, studying French at the Université Paris-Sorbonne, and graduating early from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in biology.
Okeke-Igbokwe is especially passionate about increasing individual access to health care in developing countries, and is troubled by the inequalities she sees during frequent visits to family and friends in Nigeria. Despite its booming economy, the West African country has more than 80 million people living in extreme poverty. Okeke-Igbokwe has been outspoken about the need to increase healthcare funding for Nigerians. “There are no simple solutions, but I think we need some oversight from the government and we need more money allocated to health care, and we also need more epidemiological investigations to figure out where the gaps are in the healthcare system,” she told CNBC Africa for a segment on access to health care in West Africa.
I had no idea that what I was learning at Dartmouth would come back to help me in this capacity and magnitude. As a student, I analyzed the quality of medical literature for world-renowned research scientists, and now, thanks to my knowledge of biostatistics and epidemiology, I can quickly analyze the quality of medical studies for the media. Also, there was an amazing sense of support at Dartmouth. Faculty set aside time to take you out to lunch and discuss career goals. These are people who care about you. This is something that supports you throughout your career.