Student Uzoma Nworu’s journey to studying Medicine at Edge Hill University was driven by a simple yet inspiring purpose – he wanted to help people.
Uzoma, 19, said:
“I suppose it all started by wanting to work with people, to keep them company and make them feel happy. I started by volunteering at a local nursing home, then attended talks hosted by doctors and shadowed at a hospital where I was able to observe operations and watch how doctors interact with patients, which gave me a real insight into the role. It was from that point on that I really knew that I wanted to help people and that Medicine was going to be my life passion.
“I believe when a patient is admitted to hospital that it’s incredibly important that a doctor treats them as a whole. Not only does this approach provide better patient satisfaction but it also makes the patient feel understood and valued.”
This personal approach to medicine is what attracted Uzoma to Edge Hill University’s Medical School, where there is an emphasis on early and extensive clinical placements with a focus on community and mental health care settings.
“Having early clinical exposure and hands-on experience is really important to me. I knew that Edge Hill was focused on approaching the holistic view of the patient and really focusing on the patient as a whole, not just viewing them as what they are being treated for.”
Born in Italy, Uzoma and his family moved around the world while he was growing up. His father, an architect, and his mother, a health care assistant, are now settled in London with his two siblings. For Uzoma, it’s been a refreshing contrast to move from the fast-paced life of the city to his new home on Edge Hill’s rural campus in Ormskirk. He said:
“I have lived in various countries, from Italy to Nigeria and now England, so I feel like I can fit into many different places and it’s a part of who I am. Ormskirk is definitely a change from London. The scenery here is beautiful and the people at the University are really nice, I find that they give a great amount of support to students and the programme is really interesting.
“There are lots of opportunities for students to be involved in. For example, I have joined a trial on interdisciplinary working with Nutrition students and it’s been a really enjoyable experience. I’m also on the Medical School Research & Evaluation Advisory Group, where we look at the research proposals the University receives and analyse how it would shape the future of learning, which has been a great experience.”
Uzoma credits the unwavering support from his parents and family that has helped him to reach this point. He added:
“It’s a lesson in not giving up and to keep pursuing your goal, because you will achieve it and it will be worth it.”