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#FirstGenDocs Meet Dr. Tiffany Montgomery!

“I’m the oldest of two girls born into a working class family. I went to college wanting to become a certified nurse midwife and was disappointed that I had no Black professors other than those in the African-American Studies department. That was all the encouragement I needed to change my career goal to nursing education. Since graduating with my BSN in 2005, I’ve earned my MSN, and PhD; I’m currently one discussion section away from completing my master’s thesis in health policy research.

I’m living my dream as a first-year Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Philadelphia metro-area and working to increase the recruitment and retention of diverse pre-license and graduate nursing students”.

Tiffany M. Montgomery, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Assistant Professor
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#FirstGenDocsFeature: Meet Dr. Shannon Romano!

“Raised in rural Georgia, the middle child of a mother who didn’t graduate high school and a father with a 2-year nursing degree, I never considered being a future scholar/doctor. I started my biology undergrad studies in 2009, as a 27 year old single mother of two, and went directly to a PhD program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. There, I studied how steroid hormone signaling through a non-canonical estrogen receptor affected heart rate during development and I received my PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2017. It was during this time that I also had my third child. I’m currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where I use Zebrafish to study how an RNA-binding protein influences germline stem cell identity and gonad differentiation.”

“It’s important for young scientists to see people to whom they can relate. Women belong in science, mothers belong in science, and #firstgens belong in science!!!”

Dr. Shannon Romano
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#FirstGenDocsFeature: Meet Tomi Ifelayo!

“My name, Oluwatomilona, in the Yoruba language means “God shows me the way.” That is the only explanation for how I ended up here. I am proud to be the first one in my family to attend medical school abroad. If you had told my parents that their child would end up at a top medical school when we were in Nigeria, they would have laughed in your face. I actually wasn’t interested in medicine at first but God convinced me otherwise!”

Tomi is a second year medical student at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. You can read more about her journey to medical school, Here.

Tomi Ifelayo