Music as Medicine

Tiana Opara

Dr. Kevin Johnson

Survey to AA music: MWF 2-2:50pm

Moving forward in my life I plan on accomplishing great things. I am currently a junior biology major at Spelman with a goal to attend medical school and later specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology. I grew up in the medical field, hearing and watching my other make her daily rounds at the hospital and watching in awe at all the wonders of medicine. Since a young age I  have always had a sense of urgency to give back to my community especially to my community in Nigeria, where my family is originally from. After being an established OB/GYN I plan to open a practice in my village in Nigeria to raise awareness and to serve the underprivileged of the importance self-care and personal hygiene. My goal is to provide these underprivileged areas these medical resources that they may lack due to income or accessibility. At this point in my life, I am setting myself on the right path to achieve that goal of giving back. The things that I need to make sure that I have in place is to continue making good grades at Spelman and that I stay involved in the volunteer works that I do around and on campus regarding personal wellness: physical, emotional/mental wellness, making sure I am plugged in at all times. African americans are an underrepresented demographic in the medical field, so as an aspiring physician I plan to alleviate that statistic. I feel that in the black community it is important to seek medical attention from doctors that look like you and understand the struggles that African Americans have faced.

In relation to music, as part of my practice I plan to use the arts as a source of treatment to help better my patients. It has been studied that visual art, music and other forms of artistic release can have a positive effect on patients who suffer from depression and other physical and/or mental ailments.

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