Cynthia Kudji Sylvester has just proved it’s never too late to follow your dreams, graduating from medical school on the same day as her daughter.
Dr. Cynthia Kudji Sylvester and Dr. Jasmine Kudji have just graduated from med school and started their residencies, but the two stunners aren’t sisters — they are mother and daughter.
Cynthia had always dreamed of becoming a doctor, but her formal education was sidelined when she welcomed her daughter, Jasmine. When Jasmine decided to go to medical school, her mother went along as a fellow student.
Of the country’s 1,085,783 physicians, only 2% are African American women
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER DOCTORS
The mother and daughter duo hit the headlines when it was revealed that they had graduated from medical school at the same time, Cynthia at 49, and Jasmine at 26.
Cynthia, who became a nurse and then a nurse practitioner, had put her dream of medical school aside in order to raise her daughter as a single mother. She revealed:
“Medical school at that time was out of the question.”
CLINGING TO THE DREAM
Cynthia never gave up her dream and inspired her daughter to follow in her footsteps and so in 2013, the two entered medical school. Seven years later, they graduated, and it is hard to believe that Jasmine and Cynthia are mother and daughter, and not sisters.
DOCTORS AND RESIDENTS
The two women are now starting their residency at Louisiana State University Health – Jasmine in general surgery and Cynthia as a GP. They entered the medical profession at a challenging time, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But Cynthia has revealed that the current crisis only strengthens her resolve to serve the community as a doctor, at a time when they are most needed. She said:
“This is a time when physicians can be leaders, show that we contribute, we make a difference in people’s lives. This is where we get the opportunity to serve.”
Jasmine shared a post on Instagram stating that of the country’s 1,085,783 physicians, only 2% are African American women. Thanks to Jasmine and Cynthia’s example, many more African American women will hopefully be inspired and follow in their footsteps to serve their communities as doctors.