Dr. Cynthia Kudji and her daughter Jasmine are now graduates of the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) St. Kitts and Maine and Louisiana State University (LSU), respectively, with medical degrees in Family Medicine for Cynthia and General Surgery for Jasmine.
A native of Ghana, the older Dr. Kudji had to put her dreams of becoming a doctor on hold when she found out she was pregnant at the age of 23.
In an interview with The UMHS Endeavor, Cynthia explained that she initially had no plans to enter the medical field due to a lack of representation in the field.
Cynthia went on to talk about the challenges she faced as a nontraditional student and with her daughter Jasmine also having difficulties adjusting to being so far from her mother.
“I think initially it was difficult because my mom and I have always been really close so I had to get used to the distance, we had to learn how to FaceTime and Skype each other, so we were Skyping each other every day and whenever I had struggles and she had struggles, we just had to learn to communicate from a distance,” the younger Dr. Kudji said.