Hey Bloggie Blogosphere! And hello dear reader!
It is my pleasure to introduce my residency-bound, novel-writing friend. She goes by Eniola. This past fall, her personal story of graduating medical school then writing a novel during her gap year caught my attention. I cannot tell you how much I admire her story (was hoping that she might tell you herself) and she responded thus!
Hopeful: What’s your story?
Eniola Prentice: Wow. That is one of the most interesting and blunt questions I have ever been asked… I am a young, Christian, Nigerian woman trying to figure out my identity in self and in Christ. I am someone that has beaten incredible odds including being an international student from a single mother home. I am where I am today by the grace of God. I don’t think any one label can encapsulate me completely. But I will say the recurring theme in my story is God and His faithfulness to me. Jesus is still writing my story, every day I wake up hoping I get a peek of the end of the novel 😉
HD: Why medicine?
EP: I chose medicine or medicine chose me because I was intrigued at an early age. The major influences in my life were in the medical profession. I always showed a predilection towards science and genuinely enjoyed and excelled at biology. I also loved writing my own novels and reading voraciously. So it is quite fitting that I wrote a book about medical school while in medical school. It is like both of my worlds colliding. And I wanted a career that would utilize my strengths, that I would enjoy and there would be service involved. I wanted to go to work and not feel like it was only work.
HD: When did you realize you wanted to write?
EP: I don’t think I ever realized I wanted to write. I have always known how to write or, more aptly, be a story teller and put my imagination on paper. I realized I wanted to write Still in medical school. It was as if I was living this very intriguing movie in medical school. I had a story. My friends had stories. Even the attendings had stories. And we didn’t know how the stories would end. I felt it was such an interesting experience that needed to be catalogued.
HD: Who is a role model near and dear to your heart?
EP: I don’t think I have an actual role model. I have a lot of people in my professional and personal life that I aspire to be like… I will go ahead with the tried and true cliché and say Jesus. Although I don’t understand Him all the time, he is the ultimate paragon of sacrificial love.
HD: How did you manage the transition from 2nd year to 3rd year (class to rotations)? From 4th year to your transition year (rotations on)?
EP: The transition from second year to third year was fun. I always describe third year as a whirl wind, moved through 6 rotations in a year. It’s more clinically relevant and you get your hands dirty. You are also thrust in the dynamic professional environment with interns, residents, and attendings. Just when you were getting familiar, you moved to another rotation. It was the year to really experience medicine in its entirety and choose your specialty.
The biggest advice I would give anyone is “enjoy the experience.” Don’t focus too much on rushing off to study for that exam, but more on the experiences that are not easily replicated. As a future internist, I will never get to experience a hip replacement or cholecystectomy in the operating room again.
My fourth year to transition year was rough. Anytime I am not in medicine, I feel there is an anomaly in the matrix of my life. However, the grace of God kept me and I am excited to be starting residency this year. My advice for transitions is to trust God. It’s always rough at first but you learn to adapt and grow.
HD: Any parting thoughts?
EP: I am so thrilled to be releasing Still, my little novel-mentary about medical school to the world!
Expect a blog post soon after some serious USMLE Step 1 studying. I’ll spill my secrets mid-June. For now, kicking UWorld Qbank butt requires diligence, confidence, poise–the stuff med students are made of!
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- Enjoy Eniola’s fancy, “official” book description and author info–
“About the Book
A broken soul, an alcoholic, a certifiable genius, a Christian man and a secret that will destroy the bonds of their friendship… read more!
About the author
Eniola Prentice was born in Lagos Nigeria where wrote as early as nine years old. She was inspired by an eclectic group of writers. Her budding writing career was put in the back burner as she pursued her dream of becoming a medical doctor, completing her undergraduate degree in Chicago, Illinois and her medical degree in Washington, DC. However in the third year of medical school inspired by the holy spirit or the voices in her head ( she would prefer to blame God for this one) and the unique and inspiring stories of friends that became her family in medical school she began to write her debut novel, Still. She hopes that her writing compels challenges, inspires people and draws people to the Christian God’s redeeming love. You can learn more about Still and Eniola Prentice at eniolaprenticewrites.blogspot.com.”