My Dream is to be a doctor. My Decision was Ohio State.
Millennium, originally from East Africa, has begun her journey as a medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Millennium Manna

The sense of belonging at Ohio State is like no other.

Millennium-Manna-MD-my-decision-in-the-classroomMy journey to become a first-year medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine began far from Columbus. Born and raised in Asmara, Eritrea, in East Africa, and having lived in many different places, I witnessed firsthand the gaps in access to health care from a young age.

I was also raised with the notion that my calling, whatever it was, was for the purpose of serving others. As time passed, I fell more in love with medicine, which proved to be the space where I could serve and care for people in their most vulnerable times.

As an undergraduate at The Ohio State University, I had the privilege of interacting with the medical students here. Witnessing their collaborative spirit in action, I knew this was the program where I wanted to continue my medical education. During the application process, I received acceptances from several institutions. However, Ohio State offered a unique sense of belonging and a supportive community like no other.

Ohio State’s commitment to diversity strongly resonated with my own background. The college fosters a vibrant environment that celebrates learners from all walks of life. This rich background of experiences and perspectives not only enhances our learning, but is invaluable when serving diverse patient populations, as we do at the Columbus Free Clinic. Ohio State cultivates collaborative learning through small groups, fostering lifelong connections with peers.

Additionally, the dedicated mentorship program provides guidance and support. My mentor has become a trusted resource, offering not only academic support but also a wealth of experience and encouragement.

Furthermore, Ohio State emphasizes teamwork beyond the classroom. We collaborate on cases across disciplines, fostering a holistic approach to patient care. My involvement in the Student National Medical Association allows me to contribute to a cause I deeply care about – supporting future minority doctors. By mentoring aspiring students, we are pulling them up as we climb ourselves.

This past winter I went to Honduras with a student organization to take blood pressures, vitals, come up with diagnoses and present them to attendings. I now serve as president of the organization, furthering my education in global health initiatives to advance health for all.

From a young age, my dream of becoming a doctor was rooted in a desire to serve others. Today, as supportive faculty, mentors and peers surround me, I am confident that I have made the right decision to attend Ohio State to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor.

Where our students learn

Arial view Ohio State University Hospital

Ohio State University Hospital

Consistently recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, University Hospital is the flagship patient care facility of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. University Hospital is home to a Level I Trauma Center, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit and a groundbreaking Center for Neuromodulation. 

Located walking distance on the medical campus.

Worms-eye view of the James Cancer Hospital

The James Cancer Hospital

 

As the third largest cancer hospital in the country, The James fully integrates scientific research with education and excellent patient-care. Designated a Comprehensive Caner Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), The James is one of only a few centers in the nation funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs sponsored by the NCI. 

Located walking distance on the medical campus.

Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital

Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital

Top ranked in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report, the Ross Heart Hospital provides care for every type of heart or vascular disease. 

Located walking distance on the medical campus.

Ohio State Brain and Spine Hospital

Ohio State Brain and Spine Hospital

Home to central Ohio’s top-ranked neurology/neurosurgery program, the Brain and Spine Hospital has specialized units for stroke care, neurotrauma and traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and spine surgery, epilepsy, chronic pain, acute rehabilitation and neurosurgery.

Located walking distance on the medical campus.

Ohio State East Hospital

Ohio State East Hospital

The Ohio State East Hospital blends academic medicine with a community-based setting in a comprehensive outpatient facility and 190-bed hospital on Columbus’ east side. Home to a Level III Trauma Center, East Hospital provides a full range of medical and surgical services to patients throughout central Ohio, including orthopedics, general surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, cardiovascular and pulmonary care, urology, family medicine, general internal medicine and emergency medicine.

Located within 15 minute drive from medical campus. Shuttle service is also provided.

Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio

Nationwide Children's Hospital

As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is where medical students are trained in pediatric care and is currently ranked #6 for best children's hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Located within 15 minute drive from medical campus. Shuttle service is also provided.

Ohio State Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital

Ohio State Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital

At Ohio State’s nationally ranked inpatient rehabilitation services at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, residents receive training in general and neurorehabilitation, neuromuscular medicine, electrodiagnostics and musculoskeletal ultrasound to helps individuals live their lives to the fullest after disabilities caused by trauma, illness, congenital deficits or disease. 

Located walking distance on the medical campus.

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Ohio State Harding Hospital

Ohio State Harding Hospital provides the most comprehensive behavioral health care services for adults, older adults, children and adolescents in central Ohio. 

Located walking distance on the medical campus.

Why choose The Ohio State University College of Medicine?

Why choose The Ohio State University College of Medicine?

MD Programs we offer

MD Programs we offer