Medical School: Jefferson
Obi is from Delaware originally and graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Biochemistry. As an undergraduate student, he received a Merck Award for his outstanding performance as a top performing biochemistry student, was selected to participate in a program that allotted two students to conduct research at Hopkins and worked part-time for Teach for America. From there, he went to the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University for medical school where he has continued to be engaged in community service. After his first year of medical school, he worked with children as part of the Bridging the Gaps community health summer internship program. He has also been passionate about making change through global health initiatives and raised money to purchase textbooks, novels, and school supplies for elementary school children in Nigeria and co-authored several children’s books that were sent to orphanages in various countries throughout the world. He also serves as an Executive Board member for an Igbo podcast, aimed at promoting the Igbo language, culture, and literature. As a medical student, he also continued his interest in research and participate in studies involving outcomes with the Baerveldt Glaucoma Implant, as well as a review paper for innovative treatments for dry eye disease. After completion of his preliminary year in medicine, Obi will be staying at UNC for his Ophthalmology residency. Outside of medicine, Obi enjoys DJing, fitness, tennis, reading, and video games.