Khadijah Jihad (DO ’20) March 30, 2020
Match Day 2020
In the midst of a global pandemic, students from the class of 2020 at PCOM Georgia
celebrated one of the most exciting days in their professional journey—match day.
Here they share their personal match story, what has inspired them along the way and
what advice they would give to students starting the journey today.
What inspired you to go into medicine?
What inspired me is very personal. My grandfather (may his soul rest in peace) went
blind in both eyes from glaucoma due to inadequate healthcare and access to resources
back home in Sierra Leone. Seeing how I could combine my passion for healing others
with my passion for mentoring, teaching and serving underserved communities is what
makes this the perfect profession for me!
Where did you match?
WellStar Kennestone in Marietta, Georgia.
What specialty have you chosen to pursue and why?
Emergency Medicine. I chose emergency medicine because we are at the frontline of
patient care. There are numerous cultural, religious and social factors that directly
impact patients’ health and medical decisions. As emergency medicine physicians are
often the first person to interact with the patient, it is important to be able to
quickly establish a connection and trust between oneself and the patient. Patients
come to the emergency department during their most vulnerable points in their lives
and are entrusting us with their most sacred moments and I wanted to be a part of
How did you feel when you found out you matched?
Happy. Excited. Speechless. Blessed. The moment felt so surreal. All of the hard work,
long days of studying, questioning whether I was supposed to be in medical school,
missed moments and delayed gratification all culminated in that one email.
What advice would you give to year one medical students just starting their journey?
Don't give up. Don't let anyone tell you don't belong. You were meant to be here and
you will make it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Being the first on both sides of my family to become a physician feels like a dream
come true. Joining the 2 percent of black female physicians feels surreal. I've prayed
for this day in and day out and to see my hard work come to full fruition was truly
Read more Match Day stories from the Class of 2020.