With each year that passes there are more and more BIC graduates doing great work all over the world. At least once each year we hope to publish brief “Alumni Updates” where our alumni can tell us some about their post-BIC lives. In addition to these annual updates, we are posting interviews with some of our alumni. This month we are excited to post an interview with Dr. Omoniyi Omotoso (’00). This interview was conducted by Clarissa Charles (’15), current BIC student. We hope you enjoy, and if you are interested in being interviewed for a future blog post, email us at BIC@baylor.edu.
What year did you graduate from Baylor? What did you study and what extra curricular activities did you participate in?
I’m in the Class of 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry. My activities included organizations such as the premedical Honor Society (AED) where I became an officer and partook in the creation of the African Students Association (ASA) as well as Baylor soccer club.
When did you feel called to be a physician and/or a pediatrician?
I was leaning towards the discipline by the time I graduated from high school, and while at Baylor University I found a few opportunities to observe physicians in the clinic setting. At that point, my plan was to pursue family practice or internal medicine. It was much later in my 3rd year of medical school training that I shifted focus towards pediatrics.
What led you to pursue a Masters in Public Health, and how do you feel it has benefited the way you practice medicine?
While a medical student, I developed an interest in public health but was unsure of its applicability from a career standpoint. After finishing residency training and starting an Infectious Diseases fellowship, I realized what I needed. MPH training provided the knowledge of how public health policy can impact population-based health measures, and various avenues for participating which I was previously unaware of.
How would you sum up your average workday as a pediatrician, and what do you find most rewarding about your career? Continue reading