Mutiat I. Enikanolaiye, MD
Mutiat I. Enikanolaiye, MD
American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Why did you choose a career in family medicine?
I love the versatility of a family doctor. We can staff the ED, function as a hospitalist, manage critically ill patients, or work in the clinic or urgent care (among so many other things!) We can provide prenatal care, deliver the baby and then go on to care for the child into adolescence and adulthood. There is such a diversity of pathology, procedures, and patient demographics in family medicine that make it truly a privilege to practice.
What are some of your fondest memories of medical school?
At my medical school, we would have designated exam weeks or “block weeks” where each class would have their exams on different days of the week. It was a tradition for the students who did not have exams that day to flank the exam hall entrance, cheering on those who were filing in to take their exams. It’s amazing how such a simple gesture made a huge difference. I believe it helped calm nerves and give that little confidence boost when it was most needed. There was always a very strong atmosphere of solidarity amongst students during exam weeks and this was probably beneficial to the mental health of all of us!
What drew you to pursue the Family Medicine Residency program with NGMC?
Word of mouth is still the most powerful form of advertisement. Everyone I spoke to had nothing but good things to say about NGMC FM. I believed the hype and I’m so glad I did!
I have family in Georgia, so settling here was easy and natural for me. It is also beautiful outside almost year-round with just enough sweater weather during the fall and winter. Georgia really does have that southern charm and I found the people here are warm and welcoming – just like the weather!
What were your favorite clubs/activities in high school?
I did a whole bunch of activities in HS, my favorite by far was being part of the indoor football (soccer) team!
What are your hobbies?
My favorite thing to do lately is spending time with family whenever I get a chance. I love action/adventure/fantasy/mystical/magical/historical movies -I used to go to the movies every Wednesday night for years, but that was before medical school and definitely before the pandemic. So now I settle for movie nights at home with loved ones.
Do you have a special interest in the field of family medicine?
I haven’t yet developed a special interest in the sense of a particular disease process; but I am all about health education. I LOVE to empower my patients by giving them the education that they need to take care of themselves. I enjoy teaching them about their own health and welcome any and all questions that they may have. I hope they see me as a resource and support as they make healthier decisions day by day.
What is strangest diagnosis you ever encountered?
I don’t think I have encountered anything particularly strange yet.. but I’m only 6 months in, so stay tuned!