Inspiring Mother-Daughter Duo Graduates From Med School Together to Become Doctors

Mother and Daughter Finish Medical School Together

The bond between mother and daughter is irreplaceable. One of the most renowned women scientists of the 20th century, Marie Curie, worked alongside her daughter Irene in the field of radium and radioactivity—each of them ultimately earning their own Nobel prizes. Today, there are more inspiring mother-and-daughter duos showing what happens when family works together.

In April 2020, Dr. Cynthia Kudji and her daughter Dr. Jasmine Kudji have become the first mother and daughter to graduate from medical school at the same time and be placed in the same hospital. Cynthia Kudji—originally from Ghana—put her dream of becoming a doctor on hold when she became pregnant with her daughter at 23 years old. She worked as a nurse and nurse practitioner for almost a decade before making the decision to attend medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences at the St. Kitts campus in the Caribbean, and the 5th semester in Portland, Maine. Meanwhile, her daughter Jasmine attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine (LSU Health) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

At first, it was hard for them to live and study so far apart from one another. “I think initially it was difficult because my mom and I have always been really close so I had to get used to the distance, we had to learn how to FaceTime and Skype each other,” Dr. Jasmine Kudji explains to AfroTech. Although the experience was difficult, it also had beneficial results. “Sometimes people struggle to find someone who relates to their struggles, so for that person to be my mom was extremely helpful,” admits Dr. Jasmine Kudji.

After years apart, Cynthia earned her M.D. in Family Medicine at the same time that her daughter earned her M.D. in General Surgery. Then on “Match Day”—when recent med school graduates discover the results of their residency and fellowship applications—Cynthia and Jasmine learned that they were both placed at LSU Health. The powerful pair will continue to make waves as they embark on their doctor journeys at the same hospital.

This mother and daughter proves that family can do anything together.

Mother and Daughter Finish Medical School Together

Cynthia Kudji put her dream of becoming a doctor on hold to raise her daughter Jasmine.

Mother and Daughter Finish Medical School Together

She worked as a nurse practitioner for almost a decade before attending medical school.

Mother and Daughter Finish Medical School Together

Cynthia earned her M.D. from the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts and Maine, and her daughter Jasmine graduated from LSU School of Medicine in Louisiana.

Mother and Daughter Finish Medical School Together

On “Match Day” the mother and daughter learned that they were going to be working together at LSU Health in Louisiana.

Mother and Daughter Finish Medical School TogetherDr. Cynthia Kudji: Instagram
Dr. Jasmine Kudji: Instagram

h/t: [AfroTech]

All images via Dr. Cynthia Kudji and Dr. Jasmine Kudji.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.

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