Ike Okwuosa, MD
- PGY1 resident
- Summer 2 teaching award recipient
- Huge LA Lakers fan
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Why did you choose Northwestern for Residency?
When I was applying for Residency programs, I was set on going back home to California… until I interviewed at NU. I remember my Interview day was cold, but I quickly forgot how cold I was because I was simply amazed by the Northwestern program. I was impressed with the support the residents had in achieving their goals, and I was blown away by their Cardiology match list. Northwestern is a program that does not limit my growth—whether I want to become a General internist or sub-specialize—I know that I always have access to the resources I need to excel.
What are your clinical and research interests?
I am interested in Cardiology, particularly in the areas of heart failure, coronary artery disease, and hypotrophic cardiomyopathy in athletes. Prior to starting medical school I did research at the Harbor/UCLA medical center in the area of Pulmonary hypertension, exercise capacity, and right-sided heart failure. Northwestern has so many opportunities for research, and I look forward to working with many of the esteemed faculty in the different areas of cardiology.
What motivates you to excel at work?
I was diagnosed with polio when I was 3. From a young age my mother always instilled in me a no excuse attitude, and to always strive for the best. Coming to Northwestern, it is easy to be motivated knowing all the excellent Clinicians and Researchers that trained here. The senior residents here are phenomenal in their knowledge base and sheer kindness. The patient population at NMH is a challenging mix of medical problems and life circumstances. Our patients are very appreciative of the care they receive but they expect a superior level of knowledge and expertise. I am highly motivated to achieve my dream of becoming a Cardiologist, and to uphold the excellent reputation Northwestern Physicians have.
I measure my effectiveness as a teacher by how “bulletproof" my third year students are on rounds.
Northwestern stresses a friendly educational environment. What do you think makes a great teacher?
In my opinion a great teacher is one that first of all is willing to teach; someone who understands their audience, and can explain and simplify very complex topics. I measure my effectiveness as a teacher by how "bulletproof" my third year students are on rounds. It is my responsibility to ensure that my students understand why a particular plan was chosen, why labs may be abnormal, and how to speak to different patients.