Adanna Anomneze-Collins

Adanna is a Londoner and penultimate year medical student at Cardiff University who is currently intercalating in BSc Population Medicine.

In 2019, she chaired the British Medical Association’s (BMA) UK Medical Students Conference where progressive motions were passed, and the conference committed to strategic policies aimed at improving medical education and clinical practice. Adanna advocated for some of these policies to be incorporated into wider BMA policy to ensure that they were not overlooked, and she developed and implemented a fair selection process for the conference places. As conference chair, she was also a member of the BMA’s Medical Students Executive subcommittee which represents over 40,000 UK medical students to address concerns in areas such as equality and inclusion, education and welfare.

At Cardiff University, Adanna has represented her peers on Staff Student Panel meetings and held active roles within multiple societies. She is a Widening Participation Ambassador who inspires students from underrepresented backgrounds to apply to higher education. She encourages current and prospective medical students to take up leadership roles via running workshops and being a panellist at national charity and university events.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Adanna became the Advocacy Lead for a charity called MedSupplyDrive UK, where she advocated for improved personal protective equipment provision, produced educational content about the pandemic and ran virtual work experience sessions for young people in partnership with Speaker for Schools. In addition, she is a board member at Studio 306 Collective, a community interest company in London which facilitates improved mental health wellbeing via creativity.

In 2020, she received the Dean of Medical Education’s Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Professionalism, for consistent support and leadership of activities improving the student experience. More recently, she was ranked 2nd place in the 2020-21 edition of the Future Leaders Magazine. She is also a scholar on the Healthcare Leadership Academy Programme.

Adanna has been identified as a future leader because of her desire to make a positive difference in her community and the world. She enjoys being involved in improving healthcare and using her voice as a catalyst for positive change.