Ayomide Ayorinde

Ayomide is currently a 5th Year Medical Student at Imperial College London.

When she moved to England at 13 years old, she never thought she would end up studying medicine partly due to continuous discouragement from teachers along the way and not having all the opportunities she thought she would require. This was especially because Medicine is often viewed as quite an elitist hard to penetrate field. She attended state schools for secondary and sixth-form education and through this experience gained a vested interest in widening access into higher education as she realised how much difference support during the application process helps in accessing university.

When she got to University, she actively searched out projects that were helping school students from disadvantaged backgrounds and those aimed at people of colour. She has worked formally with Imperial College Outreach department and with other student led initiatives such as Imperial Vision Society and Black Medical Society. All these are aimed towards students from disadvantaged background. She is also a mentor for sixth form students through Melanin Medics where she provides support for students as they navigate the medical school application process. She believes that it is a disservice to patients if the doctors being produced lack a global understanding of the patients that they serve. Therefore, she hopes to contribute to tackling this through levelling the playing field through outreach in order to help make medicine representative of the general population.

With some colleagues, she recently co-founded ‘Native HealthMate’; a platform that hopes to widen access to health information for groups that are mostly under-represented in health care. This is through providing information that is sensitive to their needs. She is also a co-founder of the National Collaborative for Health and Social Media. This is a platform which aims to raise awareness about the importance of social media with regards to health and how social media can be used as a tool in healthcare.

Outside of this, she has served as the 2018 drama director in Afrogala; Imperial College African Caribbean Society’s annual flagship show and Vice-President of the society. She is also currently the recruitment officer for the Imperial College Vision society which organises events for school students to experience medicine early. In 2017/2018, Ayomide was named one of the top 100 African and Caribbean Future Leaders in the UK by Powerful Media. She was also a contributor to the Merky Book’s ‘Taking Up Space’.

Her favourite quote is by Edward Everett Hale ‘I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do’.