"In her first year of med school, Oriuwa was approached by university officials who wanted her to become the public face of the university’s Black Student Application Program, which allows Black faculty, physicians and students to take part in the admissions process to address the long-standing lack of Black decisionmakers weighing in on the fates of applicants. “I initially said, ‘I don’t know if I can come forward with my story,’” she recalls. She had been warned by colleagues that she would risk not being matched to her top residency program if she spoke out—that the establishment “does not like people that challenge the status quo.” But she ultimately agreed: she believed her story might help others."
Medical Trailblazer Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa Named to Maclean’s 2022 Power List
Chika has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including being named one of TIME magazine’s “2021 Next Generational Leaders”. She was also selected for Mattel’s Barbie Role Models program, where she was one of six women honoured with their very own one-of-a-kind Barbie doll to commemorate her contributions as a frontline healthcare worker.
“It was such a full circle moment for me, as a young girl who played with Barbies and always really wanted to see myself reflected,” Chika said. “Not only as a child who wanted to be a physician, but as a young Black girl.”