For every course she took as a medical student at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, she made a distinction. And finally, she finished as the 2022 best graduating student in Medicine and Surgery with 15 distinctions and 7 awards. An amazing wonder, Dr.Godknows Osarhiaekhimen tells her story.
I had distinctions in every course in medical school. In my second year, I had distinctions in Anatomy Physiology, and Biochemistry. In my third year, I had distinctions in Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry. In my fourth year, I had distinctions in Pathology and Pharmacology. In my fifth year, I had distinctions in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Mental Health, and Dermatology. In my sixth year, I had distinctions in Surgery, Medicine, and Community Health.
I won the Faculty Prize for the Candidate with the best overall performance in Clinical Sciences, the Nigerian Medical Association Prize for the student with the best overall result in the MBChB degree examination, the Major General Olufemi Olutoye Prize for the student with the best overall performance in the first professional examination, the Abimbola Kolawole Prize for the best student in the final MBChB degree examination in Pathology, the Professor Adewale Akinsola Prize for the best student in final MBChB examination in Medicine, the Adeline Olu Ajayi Prize for the best graduating student in Physiology in the second MBChB examination, the Dr. Oluyemi O. Badero Foundation Prize for the best overall student in the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) final examination in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences.
I hail from Ologbo N’ugu in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State. I am the first of five children. My father, Barr. Gaius Osarhiaekhimen is a private legal practitioner in Abuja, and my mother, Mrs. Chinedu Osarhiaekhimen is a nurse with the Federal Road Safety Corps Staff Clinic in Gwarimpa, Abuja.
I was born and raised in Kubwa, FCT. I had my primary school education in Ideal Nursery and Primary School, Kubwa. I had my secondary school education at Baptist High School, Kubwa, Unity High School, Kubwa, and Anglican Comprehensive Secondary School, Kubwa. After finishing secondary school, I went for a pre-degree at OAU Centre for Distance Learning in Moro, Osun State, after which I gained admission to study Medicine and Surgery at Obafemi Awolowo University.
I resumed medical school on the 17th of May, 2015, concluded my final exams in August, 2022, and got inducted into the medical profession on the 14th of October, 2022.
Besides being a medical student, I was a member of AIESEC Ife, a youth-run not-for-profit organisation aimed at peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential. I also took on several leadership roles as I was a group representative for some clinical postings and for my final year project group. I equally served as the academic secretary of my class in CMDA in my final year.
I’m presently doing my Housemanship at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos. I started working here on the 4th of November, 2022. Housemanship is a compulsory one-year internship for graduates of medicine and surgery to get permanent medical licenses.
(Credit Law and Society magazine)