Nigerian emerges best medical student in US varsity

•Secures residency training in Harvard University

Watch video of the graduation ceremony where Dr. Jones-Wonni was honored.

By Opeyemi Babalola

A 22-year-old Nigerian-born, Boubini Miyensinte Jones-Wonni, has graduated as the best medical student in the Howard University Medical School Class of 2022.

Jones-Wonni, an indigene of Arogbo Ese- Odo Local Government Area, Ondo State, also secured admission to the prestigious Harvard University Medical School for residency training in Internal Medicine.

Born on October 23, 1999, she started her primary education in Banky’s Private school Apo, Abuja. Due to an exceptional performance, at Primary 3, she was encouraged to sit for the common entrance examinations, which she passed in flying colours and proceeded to Word of Faith Group of Schools in Area 1 Abuja.

Boubini Miyensinte Jones-Wonni

While in High school, she continued on the path of hard-work and diligence. As such, she was made the library  Prefect, was awarded a full tuition fee waiver in her final year by the management of the school and  subsequently graduated as the best graduating student and valedictorian for the graduating class of 2014 at the age of  Fourteen (14) in the year 2014.

Upon performing excellently in a test conducted, she became a beneficiary of the Special Education Scholarship programme for Niger Delta Students. An initiative of the Presidential Amnesty Programme under the leadership of Hon Kingsley K. Kuku and was sent to the USA to study Medicine and Surgery.

This required her to first complete a first degree in a relevant discipline prior to medical school. Thus she was admitted in Miles College Alabama, U.S.A to obtain a degree in biological sciences. She was able to achieve this in a record three (3) years as opposed to the conventional four (4) years of study.

While in Miles she was the secretary of finance of the Student Government Association ( SGA), an equivalent of the Student Union Government in tertiary institutions here in Nigeria. She was also a member of Honors groups for distinction students, such as the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific honors society. At the completion of her studies in 2018, she was adjudged the best graduating student in the  Department of Natural science and Mathematics with a grade point average of 4.0/4.0 and a Co- Valedictorian of the graduating students at the age of eighteen (18).   

Jones-Wonni wrote the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) , a pre-requisite test for admission into medical school and scored in the 91st percentile, this means that her score was in the top 9% of all the students who took the examination in the United States of America at the time, and consequently received an invitation to the  Howard University Medical School, in Washington DC to study Medicine in 2018.

Notable Alumni from this prestigious University include the Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris and the late actor Chadwick Boseman.

With this, she became the first Miles’ student beneficiary of a partnership agreement between Miles College and Howard Medical School, which provides the opportunity for top STEM scholars from Miles College to apply to Howard Medical School. 

At the medical school, she was honored with numerous scholarships through the school namely, the Rana Family scholarship, the E. & M. Prioleau Endowed scholarship.

She also received the Student of the Year award for her work with the Anesthesia and Critical Care Interest Group.  She was placed in the top 10% of her class at the end of the first year.

In her second year of medical school, she received the Dr. Josephus C. and Nellie C. Carr Foundation award for academic achievement. By the end of the 2nd year, she was named the second in her  class.

She was inducted into the Gamma chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor medical society at her third year in the school, an honor that was provided to only three (3) other students at the time. She also received the Auxiliary to the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia Scholarship to worthy medical students and the Dr. Louise Maxienne Dargans Fleming Award to a student with academic promise.

By year 4, she was number one in the class and was nominated by her classmates as a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society as someone who serves as exemplars in compassionate patient care.

Concluding, she had in his honour, scholarships and awards from government to private establishments.

The awards include; Howard University Medical Alumni Association Alumni Award, Michael Oliver Dumas Prize, The O. Anthony Ogundipe, M.D. Endowed Academic Achievement Award, Dr. M. Wharton Young Prize, Merck Manual Awards, Dr. W. Lester Henry, Jr., Dr. John L. Townsend Award, Second Highest Clerkship Grade in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Auxiliary to the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia Scholarship, Dr. Josephus C. and Nellie C. Carr Merit Achievement Scholarship, Rana Family Scholarship, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Interest Society Student of the Year Award,

Others are, Best Graduating Student in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAHP) Conference Debate Team, Member of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honors Society, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Birmingham Alumnae Chapter scholarship and recipient of Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta special scholarship | Jan 2015 – present.

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