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The Price of MATCHing with Dr. Kwadwo "Kojo" Sarpong

On this episode of B-Scientist, Jordan and Jana speak with Vanderbilt Neurosurgery Resident, Dr. Kojo Sarpong. They dive into Kojo's journey from Ghana to the US, the barriers that black and historically underrepresented communities face in medical school, and we finally get a breakdown of the costs involved in success. Tune in now to hear this conversation!

7:30 - US Diversity Lottery Visa

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry.html

8:20 - Statistics of Neurosurgery Matches per year

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34049279/#:~:text=Conclusions%3A%20Neurosurgery%20residency%20continues%20to,with%20match%20rates%20of%2065%25.

8:28 - Sticky Floor, Broken Ladder, and Glass Ceiling: Gender and Racial Trends Among Neurosurgery Residents

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8541839/

8:48 - Black Society of Neurosurgery

https://twitter.com/amsobns?s=20&t=KqRVFE-qlnEljHq_vCoKPA

11:50 - The tragic murder of George Floyd

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_George_Floyd

13:31 - African Research Academies for Women (ARA-W)

http://www.ara-w.org/

21:30 - White Invitation From President Obama

https://news.emory.edu/stories/2015/05/er_commencement_kwadwo_sarpong/campus.html

27:54 - Kojo’s Social Media Platforms

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kwadwosarpong/

https://twitter.com/i_amNanaKojo?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

31:03 - Black In X (Organization and Conference)

https://www.blackinx.org/conference

33:47 - Clinical Rotations

https://www.aucmed.edu/about/blog/what-are-clinical-rotations-in-medical-school

40:36 - The Matching Algorithm

https://www.nrmp.org/intro-to-the-match/how-matching-algorithm-works/

43:13 - SOAP Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program

https://www.nrmp.org/residency-applicants/soap/

44:41 - SCRAMBLE AOA Post Match process

https://thedo.osteopathic.org/2016/02/if-at-first-you-dont-match-whats-next/

45:05 - Match Turned Nobel Prize

https://www.science.org/content/article/economics-nobel-honors-perfect-match