Nancy Abu-Bonsrah has become the first black female neurosurgeon accepted to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Abu-Bonsrah was informed of her historic placement March 17, known as Match Day, when fourth-year medical students find out where they will continue their training. Johns Hopkins’ program, ranked second in the country, only accepts two to five residents a year.
Abu-Bonsrah, a native of Ghana and a graduate of Johns Hopkins medical school, told USA Today that she couldn’t believe that she was making history.
“It was a realization that dawned on me after all the hype,” she said. “I asked some of the senior residents, ‘would I be the first [black female resident]’ and they said I would, but I still couldn’t believe it.”
Abu-Bonsrah said her acceptance into the program was “a humbling experience.”
“It’s not something I expected to happen. It provides a lot of responsibility…to mentor other minorities.”
Abu-Bonsrah hopes to use her medical knowledge to help her home country.
“I am very much interested in providing medical care in underserved settings, specifically surgical care,” she said in a statement. “I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure.”