Eric Teye Otumi, MD

Eric Teye Otumi, MD

Graduation Date: 2024
New York Medical College/St. Mary and St. Clare Program
Internal Medicine

Eric Teye Otumi, MD ’24, originally from Accra, Ghana, is a graduate of St. George’s University (SGU) School of Medicine and an internal medicine resident at New York Medical College/St. Mary and St. Clare Program. Dr. Otumi was awarded a full scholarship to study medicine at SGU. Initially, his career aspirations leaned towards neuroscience. However, during his biomedical studies, he experienced a significant shift in perspective towards medicine. He was inspired by the potential to integrate research with clinical practice. He eventually hopes to specialize in the field of neurology.

SGU: What are your long-term career aspirations within the field of medicine?

Dr. Otumi: My intention is to practice medicine in Ghana. My long-term aspiration is to become a specialized neurologist with fellowships in stroke, neurocritical care, and neuro-endovascular surgery. This comprehensive training will take approximately nine years to accomplish.

SGU: How do you envision making an impact in healthcare in Ghana?

Dr. Otumi:  Neurology is in high demand in Ghana, and my initial interest in neuroscience continues to drive my career aspirations. Given the prevalence of stroke and seizures in Ghana, I am driven to specialize in these areas to address the critical healthcare needs of my home country. With only eight neurologists currently practicing in Ghana, I am determined to return home after certification to make a meaningful impact in this field.

SGU: How did the university contribute to your success?

Dr. Otumi: SGU equipped me with top-tier training and clinical exposure. This comprehensive preparation ensures that I can contribute effectively to healthcare in my home country, addressing critical needs and making a positive impact.

SGU: How did SGU contribute to your academic success and prepare you for the USMLE exams?

Dr. Otumi: SGU played a vital role in my academic success and preparation for the USMLE exams. The structured curriculum emphasized repetition to reinforce key concepts, with dedicated support from the Department of Educational Studies. This support, along with mentoring, ensured my readiness for the USMLE exams.

SGU: What was the highlight of your experience living in Grenada during your medical education?

Dr. Otumi: Living in Grenada was a remarkable experience. Coming from a tropical continent, I found the diversity and beauty of Grenada to be enriching. It provided me with valuable exposure to different cultures and backgrounds, which I believe will be instrumental in my future interactions as a physician.

SGU: Balancing work and personal life can be challenging in the medical field. What is your advice to students to maintain a healthy mental well-being?

Dr. Otumi: My advice to students is to build a strong support network of peers, family, and friends. Surrounding yourself with people who understand and encourage you is crucial for maintaining mental well-being throughout this demanding journey.

SGU: What advice would you offer to aspiring medical students from Ghana considering a similar path?

Dr. Otumi: For aspiring medical students from Ghana considering a similar path, I highly recommend St. George’s University as a starting point. SGU’s rigorous training prepared me exceptionally well for clinical rotations in the US. Despite initial challenges, the training and experiences gained are invaluable for future success.

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