There is so much to be done, but all things are not meant for you. Find your role, fill your space and occupy it with a spirit of excellence. Aim to stand tall, make a difference. Never leave a task without doing it better than the last one.”
This is a life-long philosophy of Dr. Emilia A. Udofia. Dr. Udofia had her first degree (MBBS) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Ghana. She is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians and a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Ghana.
Her motivation for service in Public Health is her love for people, especially marginalized and vulnerable groups. She has worked with people living with HIV/AIDS and adolescents under the auspices of international and local NGOs in Nigeria. In Ghana, she works with women’s groups and young adults providing health education on topics of interest in her local church. Apart from teaching Environmental Health as a core academic responsibility, she also conducts research and engages with students regarding career choices. She finds joy in training and loves planning events.
Dr. Udofia believes that women must be intentional about work life balance. In her counsel to aspiring, young female doctors, “Women are often first to wake and last to go to bed. When others come home to rest, our work just begins. This is our reality. The choice we must make, however, is where each aspect (work vs. life) begins and ends and how much we can handle.
“Life as a doctor is demanding enough, so a priority list is something we will constantly be in need of. And there will be seasons, when priorities change. A good counsel is to make the most of the early days of your career. Since there will always be others who have gone ahead of you, identify mentors who can help you on your journey. Keep focused, study hard and pray. “
Interview by Ewurama (Class of 2021)