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Posted by: | Posted on: March 1, 2021

At Medical School, a late bloomer

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Read our full Commencement coverage.Afam Nduaguba worked two jobs to support his family, toiling days in a pharmacy and nights as a security guard — and sometimes getting beaten up for his trouble. Harvard Medical School (HMS) was so far removed from his teenage expectations, it wasn’t even a dream.Nduaguba, who is graduating with an M.D. from HMS, was 16 when he arrived with his family from Nigeria on Christmas Day 2000. The family of seven leaned on the Nigerian community in the Boston area, splitting up to live with other families.Within weeks of arriving, Nduaguba went to work and then to school. His parents valued education — his father had a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology — so Nduaguba and his older brother enrolled in Roxbury Community College for the spring term.Though Nduaguba had finished high school, he struggled. In a new country with few resources and needing to help support his family, he failed some courses. Academic probation followed, along with ineligibility for financial aid. That made it more important that he work, which caused schedule conflicts and missed classes.“I spent five years at Roxbury Community College. It should be a two-year program,” Nduaguba said.But he stuck with it. Nduaguba never doubted he was academically capable, but his family’s economic well-being came first. Finally, things began to turn around when he enrolled in a Saturday class in anatomy and physiology.Teaching the class was a Ph.D. from Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital, who urged Nduaguba to consider medical school. He pointed Nduaguba to the CURE program at Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a step that he said changed his life.Through CURE, Nduaguba began working in the lab of Nabeel Bardeesy, an associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, another Harvard affiliate.“He was willing [to] overlook my 2.3 G.P.A.,” Nduaguba said. “It was a very inspiring experience.”Bardeesy said Nduaguba had a curiosity and an “incredible energy about him.” Bardeesy believes the time in his lab helped convince Nduaguba that he could succeed at a place like Harvard.“Right away I was impressed by his intelligence and personality. He’s a very dynamic guy,” Bardeesy said. “I knew he would do terrifically.”Nduaguba graduated from Roxbury Community College and enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He completed a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry two years later, in 2009, while continuing to work with Bardeesy. His grades had improved, but his early failures were still on his transcript. Regardless, he applied to Harvard Medical School and he was accepted.He found Harvard dramatically different, in terms of resources and student support. He was able to explore medical options through experiences like the Family Van, which provides health care to underserved Boston neighborhoods. And he spent a summer in Rwanda, where the desperate need for surgeons shifted his early interest in cancer medicine to orthopedic surgery.In the fall, Nduaguba will start a residency in orthopedic surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He hopes one day to provide surgery in resource-poor settings, though he acknowledges things can change.“Based on my life history,” Nduaguba said, “I can’t say I know the future.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 6, 2020

Man City’s title triumph: 5 defining matches

first_imgMan City 5 Liverpool 0 (September 9)Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane celebrates scoring against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFAfter two relatively low-key wins in their first three matches, this stunning demolition of Liverpool served as an early sign that City were a different proposition from the team that struggled to impose themselves the previous season.Liverpool were already trailing to Sergio Aguero’s predatory finish when the visitors had Sadio Mane sent off before half-time for a high challenge on Ederson.City made the most of their numerical advantage, adding a second before the break through Gabriel Jesus, who netted again after the interval.Leroy Sane struck twice late on to give City their biggest win over Liverpool since 1937 and hand Jurgen Klopp’s men their first defeat of the season.Chelsea 0 Man City 1 (September 30)Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scored the match-winner against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on September 30, 2017 © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISWhile City’s eye-catching style of play has had the purists purring, Pep Guardiola’s men also have a ruthless side that has served them well in their toughest tests.Facing champions Chelsea was a chance to send a message to their challengers and City were up to the task.They had scored 16 goals in their previous three league games but needed only one to move to the top of the table at Stamford Bridge.City were without Aguero, who had sustained a rib injury in a car crash, but Kevin De Bruyne made sure the Argentina striker wasn’t missed as he slammed in the winner in the 67th minute.De Bruyne’s long-range rocket foreshadowed a majestic campaign from the Belgian midfielder.Man City 3 Arsenal 1 (November 5)Sergio Aguero in action against Arsenal on November 5, 2017 © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISRecords were starting to tumble as City cut down their rivals one by one and Arsenal were no match for the runaway leaders.De Bruyne’s opener and an Aguero penalty put City in command and although Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back for Arsenal, Jesus wrapped up the points from close-range.City had won nine consecutive league matches, a club record for a single season, to open up an eight-point lead at the top.“We cannot deny the last two months have been amazing,” Guardiola said. “We knew how important this game (was). The players gave an amazing performance.”Man Utd 1 Man City 2 (December 10)Manchester City celebrate victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on December 10, 2017 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFTaking a giant step towards the title at the expense of Manchester United was a sweet moment for City, whose mature performance at Old Trafford was the season’s signature moment.With United eight points adrift of the leaders before kick-off, City dominated from start to finish to leave their bitter rivals trailing in their wake.David Silva hooked home in the 42nd minute, only for United to level in first-half stoppage time through Marcus Rashford.City defender Nicolas Otamendi was the unlikely match-winner early in the second half.Guardiola’s side became the first team to win 14 successive English top-flight games in a single season, prompting United manager Jose Mourinho to concede the race was probably over before Christmas.Tottenham 1 Man City 3 (April 14)Jesus and Sterling got City back to winning ways at Wembley on Saturday to show why they are deserving champions. © AFP / Ben STANSALLAfter by a distance their worst week of the season as City blew the chance to seal the title on home soil against United and were dumped out of the Champions League quarter-finals 5-1 on aggregate by Liverpool, they showed why they are champions by bouncing back against Spurs at Wembley.Tottenham hadn’t lost in the Premier League since the sides last met in December, but in truth were lucky to escape without a much more severe beating.Jesus and a Ilkay Gundogan penalty put City deservedly 2-0 up inside half an hour.But having surrendered leads to United and Liverpool in the previous seven days, the visitors could have stumbled once more when Christian Eriksen brought Spurs back into the game before the break.Instead, City imposed their will again in the second period as Raheem Sterling grabbed a third and was still angry at himself for missing a host of other opportunities to make the scoreline even more convincing.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Same again: Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy in 2014LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday when closest challengers Manchester United stumbled to a shock 1-0 defeat to West Brom.Having swept to the title in dazzling style, here AFP Sport looks back at five matches that played a key role in City’s success this season:last_img read more