Johns Hopkins accepts first black female into neurosurgery residency program

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, MD, has made history as the first black female to be accepted into the neurosurgery residency program at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, according to CNN.

Here are six things to know about Dr. Abu-Bonsrah and the program.

1. The university's neurosurgery residency program, which accepts roughly two to five medical students per year, has never had a black female in its ranks. The program has accepted residents for the past 30 years.

2. Dr. Abu-Bonsrah lived in Ghana until she was 15.

3. She completed her medical school education at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

4. In addition to her own letter of acceptance, Dr. Abu-Bonsrah's husband was also matched into a residency program at the university.

5. "I want to be remembered for serving my community, whether it is through providing quality surgical care or helping mentor the next generation of surgeons," Dr. Abu-Bonsrah told CNN.  "[It's a] unique thing…everything is special about the match. It will be a dream come true."

6. She told CNN she hopes to go back to Ghana at some point in her career to help build sustainable surgical infrastructure, according to the article.

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