Student Success Stories

Uzoma Okorie

Growing up in Nigeria, Uzoma Okorie knew from an early age that he wanted to be a doctor. After encountering a child with a heart condition, he was drawn to pediatric cardiology. But when he returned to the U.S., his birthplace, to pursue higher education, universities found his Nigerian credentials difficult to evaluate. He was advised to start off at a community college. “Initially I was a little disappointed,” he remembers, “but it turned out to be the best advice I ever got.” He enrolled at Prince George’s Community College in 1996 and was immediately impressed with his courses and how well they coordinated with the pre-medicine program at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), where he later transferred.

While at the college, Dr. Okorie participated in a paid summer research internship at UMCP as part of the Biomedical Access Program, or BIOMAP, funded by the National Institutes of Health. He also tutored and was active in the Saturday Academy, providing middle school students with academic support in math and science. Dr. Okorie studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. After completing his residency and internship, he undertook a cardiology fellowship at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. In the summer of 2012, he accepted a position at the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin. About Prince George’s Community College, he says, “It was an incredible resource for me. Financially and educationally, I can’t say enough about it.” 
Uzoma Okorie