Chiamaka Agbasionwe, MA
Chiamaka is a Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-raised second-year medical student at the New York Medical College. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in biology and M.A. in biology. Her undergraduate concentration was pre-health studies and her graduate degree concentration was neuroscience. During graduate school, she was a paid teaching assistant for evolutionary biology and cell biology. She has five years of bench research experience and a longitudinal track record of volunteering and leadership. She is a member of AMA-MSS and SNMA. She is engaged in the medical education concentration in her medical school and is currently conducting research on how to teach medical students and allied professionals to use culturally sensitive outreach strategies.
Chiamaka’s mother is a retired elementary school teacher and her father is a community pharmacist. She admits that her passion for medicine and education stems from experiencing her parents’ contribution to their family and the Brooklyn community. One of her role models is Abraham Flexner, writer of the Flexner report who advanced and standardized medical education in the U.S. and Europe. As the Medical Education Committee Chair, Chiamaka seeks to encourage medical school engagement in the Beyond Flexner Movement to help train culturally sensitive physicians.