Mount Alum Selected as First African-American Woman to Become Hopkins Neurosurgery Resident

While most students were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, Mount Alumna Nancy Abu-Bonsrah C’12 was making history. On what is known as “Match Day” – a day in which fourth-year medical students are matched with medical residency programs – Abu-Bonsrah was matched with John Hopkins Neurosurgery program. Abu-Bonsrah is the first African American woman to be accepted into the program.

While she was at the Mount, Abu-Bonsrah studied Biochemistry and was a member of the Honors Program. After graduating, she attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University.

I am greatly indebted to the Mount for how far I have come. I was nurtured and challenged at the Mount as I sought to achieve my personal and professional goals,” Abu-Bonsrah told CBS Baltimore. She continued, “I cannot say enough about the awesome professors in the Science Department. The liberal arts education I received—especially the philosophy, theology and history classes—has also kept me very grounded, allowing me to deeply appreciate the importance of service to others.

The Mount reported that the 2016 data from the National Resident Matching Program showed that only six positions were available in the neurosurgery program, making it one of the most competitive programs to get into. The Mount also reported that she will be the first physician in her family, making this a personal accomplishment as well as an historic one.

Provost Hunter-Cevera commented on this great accomplishment: “What Nancy has achieved in large part came from within herself – determination, focus and passion. The Mount provided the foundation from which she grew and opportunities for her to explore her love and interest in medicine.”

Hunter-Cevera further commented on what the Mount has to offer, saying, “Faculty like Patty Kreke [chemistry professor], who was a mentor to Nancy, is a testimony to the amazing connectivity that our faculty have to students.  They all come here with a dream – the Mount offers a community of learning to make that dream come true.”

The Mount Community is also very excited for Abu-Bonsrah. Science major Nikola Georgievski, was inspired by this historic news, “as someone who intends to go to medical school, it is great to hear that someone from our little community made it into such a prestigious program.”


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