Hi, my name is Wumi, I graduated from the University of Bristol with an MBChB in Medicine and Surgery and I’m now working as an Obstetrician Gynaecologist trainee in the United Kingdom. When I’m not working I love exploring my Christian faith, spending time with my loved ones, eating amazing food and I’m (unwillingly) into the exercise thing!
As I’ve grown older and had various experiences in life, I have appreciated my formal and informal education and embraced my Nigerian culture more and more.
What led to the creation of Medics’ Inn?
As part of my undergraduate medical degree, I had the opportunity to complete an 8-week medical elective outside the UK in my final year of medical school. During my penultimate year, my interest in International Health, medical care in Nigeria and Obstetrics and Gynaecology became strongly anchored and continued to grow. I wanted to gain first-hand experience of all 3 while I had the opportunity, therefore I chose Nigeria as the location of my elective. As well as this, despite the opinions of friends and family and what I’d seen on ‘the news’, in my heart I was stubbornly convinced Nigeria was full of opportunities for someone like myself – intelligent, motivated, hard-working, inquisitive and open-minded. I did not want to standby and watch or read the stories of others when I could go out there myself to have experiences that would change my world view, aspirations and mentality, which I could share with other like-minded people. Setting my mind on Nigeria was the first step, my goal was clear (being a goal-orientated person this felt like an achievement and the beginning of my journey).
Neither myself or close family and friends had any personal contacts with hospitals or organisations in Nigeria, I quickly realised, in order for me to successfully complete a well organised, educational, fun and safe elective in Nigeria (and to the high standard required from my medical school) I would need sufficient time and divine favour!
Like many other millennials, my journey started with multiple google searches, blog post reading and Youtube surfing. I found a few articles here and there that provided me with accounts of medical electives in Africa, but I kept on running into the same problem:
- These findings were years out of date
- Detailed other amazing experiences in countries such as Kenya, Ghana or South Africa
- Left little information on how to contact hospitals or organisations in Nigeria that had previously hosted medical students
- Provided little information financial assistance
Being the inpatient person I was, I quickly became frustrated. I soon found out, I was not alone in my frustration, other students had run into the same dilemmas as they planned for a medical elective in Nigeria. I started to jot down helpful pieces of information and shared what I’d found – thus, in 2015 Medics’ Inn was born.
Eventually, through divine favour, diligence and meeting the correct people in the UK I was able to organise a medical elective in Nigeria, which was an amazing and life changing experience for many reasons, you my elective report here.
What’s behind the name Medics’ Inn?
One of my loves, is poetry, so playing with words and being witty is easy for me. I wanted a name that ‘does what it says on the tin’ but with a bit of ‘sauce’.
What’s the purpose of Medics’ Inn?
Medics’ Inn is an online resource for those interested in gaining medical experience in Nigeria. Those who engage with the website have easy access to relevant, up-to-date and reliable information on:
- Where in Nigeria your medical elective can take place
- How to organise a safe, inspiring, educational and enjoyable medical elective
- How you can raise money for your educational experience
- What Nigerian culture can offer a travelling student or professional
- How Medics’ Inn can support you to organise your elective
Where do you see Medics’ Inn going in the future?