At 21, Miss Erica Maame Abena Pomaa Ntiamoah Mensah is probably the youngest doctor after successfully completing her medical program at Accra College of Medicine.
Before her was Dr Vanessa Aseye Mensah-Kabu, who became the youngest doctor in her class in 2015 after being inducted into Ghana at the age of 22.
Dr Mensah-Kabu graduated from DaLian Medical University in the People’s Republic of China.
She received her secondary education at Holy Child School in Cape Coast.
Dr Ntiamoah Mensah started his education at CPF Baby College in Achimota and continued at Mary Mother of Good Counsel School at West Airport, Accra.
She completed her secondary education at Ridge Church School also in Accra.
She received her secondary education from Achimota School and was admitted to Accra College of Medicine, a private and independent medical school located in Accra.
The Mirror’s deputy editor-in-chief Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah (HNBQ) met Dr Erica Ntiamoah Mensah (ENM) last Saturday to share her success story.
HNBQ: How does it feel to be called a doctor at 21?
ENM: I thank God, my parents and my grandmother’s prayers for making this possible.
It was so reassuring and gratifying to receive a message from the eminent pediatric surgeon, Professor Afua Hesse, congratulating me and introducing me to the medical profession.
I am grateful to all of the wonderful people who contributed to my academic education, especially the teacher and Reverend Hesse, for the opportunity, mentorship and training.
HNBQ: What prompted you to study medicine?
ENM: Growing up, I saw a lot of people around me in the field of medicine.
Therefore, I learned to appreciate the job and fell in love with it.
I had the passion to help people in terms of health that my father introduced to me at a tender age and I would say that was my biggest motivation to enter medicine.
HNBQ: It’s wonderful. Do you have an interest in a specialized area of medicine?
ENM: I developed an interest in women’s health and assisted reproductive technologies.
Women suffer from a myriad of special ailments and need attention and care.
My goal is also to build on the foundation that my father, who is also a doctor, has laid in women’s health advocacy.
HNBQ: Did you encounter any difficulties during your studies?
ENM: Medical school was not a walk in the park.
It was engaging, demanding, stimulating and at times rigorous but by the grace of God I was able to overcome all challenges.
HNBQ: What were your favorite subjects?
ENM: I enjoyed my internships in Obstetrics and Gynecology so much, I would say it was my favorite.
HNBQ: Would you like to work in a public or private health facility?
ENM: I would like to work wherever I would be relevant and be able to give back to society, whether public or private.
I would also like to further study and work where I can pass knowledge to the next generation.
The goal for me is to work where the need is, with the goal of helping people.
Young Erica and her late grandmother, Mrs. Kate Owusu Adwoa Twumwaa
HNBQ: What are your future projects?
ENM: I recently had a conversation with my father, Dr Eric Ntiamoah Mensah, and he encouraged and advised me to seek relevance and not money.
I aligned my thoughts with this advice.
My future plans are to seek relevance, study more, go further, and strive to shine in any field or activity that would make me relevant to society.
It is my desire to have a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged people, women and children.
HNBQ: How do you relax when you’re not studying medicine books?
ENM: I relax by sleeping and watching movies.
In my senior year, sleep was a scarce commodity for me, so I always tried to fall asleep for a few hours whenever possible.
HNBQ: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
ENM: In the near future, I imagine myself as one of the people who defend the cause of women, children and the less privileged in society.
It is my dream to be relevant to society, especially those who are in urgent need of medical care but are unable to seek such help due to financial constraints.
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