Welcome Incoming TDI Student, Gerald Onuoha
Gerald Onuoha is a graduate of Meharry Medical College from Huntsville, Alabama who never imagined he would become a physician. It was Onuoha’s background in physics that led to his initial interest in the engineering of the human body and experience garnered at Vanderbilt University’s trauma center during medical school confirmed his decision to concentrate on orthopedics.
The recipient of a scholarship from the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, Onuoha aspires to begin his residency in orthopedics after studying at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) this year. He was attracted to TDI by its strong research focus, as well as the chance to work alongside prominent practitioners while learning about health care delivery systems.
Onuoha is excited about seeing snow and eager to buy his first parka, but hopes to return to the South once he completes his training and residency here in northern New England. His plan is eventually to practice medicine in the community where he was raised, to improve underserved patients’ access to high quality musculoskeletal care.
Onuoha is passionate about increasing diversity in the profession, citing research that shows that African Americans comprise just 4 percent of orthopedic surgery residents – significantly less than their representation in general surgery, pediatrics, or internal medicine. As CEO of Project DReam, a community-funded, student-led non-profit he helped found at Meharry Medical College, Onuoha is already active in motivating and inspiring other minority students to pursue careers in healthcare. He looks to be a great role model–and an asset to TDI.
by Liza Draper