Raven Egheosa Owie is a 3rd year Graduate/Professional Entry to Medicine student at Kings which is a 4 year version of the 5 year medical programme for those with science degrees. However, Raven is currently intercalating and studying a Master’s degree in Health and International Development, with a specialisation in Population studies, at The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Raven grew up in Nigeria and moved to London at 15 with the aim of becoming a Doctor. Prior to studying at Kings, she studied Biomedical Science at St George’s and soon after graduating in July with a second class upper in 2016, Raven enrolled onto the Graduate/Professional entry to medicine programme the following month. Raven was the only person of African/Caribbean descent on her course, and whilst she enjoyed the course, she also experienced imposter syndrome for the first time due to that fact.
Shortly after starting at Kings, Raven became physically unwell and eventually deferred her entry in order to recuperate. Raven’s Gap year enabled her to publish her dissertation in Drugs and Alcohol today, develop her entrepreneurial skills, and set up her travel blog. On Raven’s return in 2017, she was surprised to discover she was still the only black person on my course. However, she was able to work part time at Guys Bar on campus, pass the GPEP year, win the D’oyly Carte Prize in Clinical Humanities with her GP placement group, pass the first year of the AKC with a merit and was selected for the Global Summer exchange study abroad programme, with a Broadening Horizons award, which allowed her to study Public Health, HIV and Gender violence at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa for which she was awarded a pass with distinction.
In Raven’s second year, she resolved to improve the diversity on the course and coincidentally, she was approached by the ACMA to mentor 3 black female students into Graduate medicine, which she gladly accepted despite not having any experience. Raven was also elected as a treasurer of the Friends of Kings Global Health Partnerships to support the work of the partnerships, and alongside her studies. Raven applied and got into other Masters programmes such as Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and she was selected for the Study abroad award to study New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship as an exchange student at VU Amsterdam. She completed the 3rd and final pre-clinical year of Medicine, and all 3 of my mentees got into Graduate Medicine Courses in the UK, including here at Kings.
This year, alongside Raven’s studies at LSE where she will also be taking part in the Programme for African Leadership, she will be working as a Student Ambassador for the Kings Entrepreneurship Institute, and she is excited to help continue the institutes work in aiding students to develop essential entrepreneurial skills, with some students going on to start their own ventures. She is looking forward to returning to Kings to complete her medical degree and continue working with the ACMA to improve the diversity in Medicine.
Advice to your younger self:
Trust in God and Believe in yourself. You are capable of anything you set your mind to, as long as you are willing to work hard and not give up.
Rejection is redirection into a world of possibilities better than you could have imagined.