Nadia Elgoghail Pursues a Career in Medicine to Help the Underserved
“Lavi Pa’m Te Byen Rampli” is a creole saying that means “I have lived a full life.” For Nadia Elgoghail, a recipient of the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund, these are the words that have inspired her to serve others throughout the world and pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.
Raised in an Egyptian-American family, Elgoghail grew up in Cairo, Egypt and Port Huron, MI. She credits her grandfather, a doctor and humanitarian, with instilling in her entire family a motivation to seek adventure and give back to others.
“I knew from an early age that I wanted to make a global impact,” Elgoghail says.
Her adventures have taken her to the University of Arizona and then abroad to Costa Rica and Ecuador. Her post-college work with the Peace Corps landed her in North Cameroon, Africa. While she spent hours speaking to men and women about various health topics, she knew something was missing.
“I could talk to people about health and medicine, but I didn’t have the knowledge to insert an IV or administer medication,” she says. “I could teach HIV/AIDS awareness, but I couldn’t explain what HIV was doing to the body biochemically. This limited my ability to help those most in need.”
An influential colleague in Cameroon inspired Elgoghail to seek a career in medicine when she returned home. Now a student at Columbia University, she hopes to return to developing countries once she obtains her nursing degree. She dreams of working with Doctors without Borders and one day opening her own clinic abroad or at home.