Olayemi (Yemi) Sokumbi, M.D.

What attracted you to medicine and dermatology?

I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria prior to moving to the United States many years ago with my family. After moving to the States, I was part of a group supporting HIV education in sub-Saharan Africa and worked in an HIV clinic in Africa. During my visit, I was surprised at the many cutaneous manifestations of HIV in the African population. It piqued my interest in dermatology. I became aware of the power of skin disease and the social stigma that patients with dermatologic disease struggle endure. I also realized the potential for new discoveries in the field of dermatology. I was hooked.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training?

I graduated from Mayo Medical School, so I was well aware of the excellence that Mayo Clinic offers in all areas of training. The Department of Dermatology is world renowned. The breadth of cases seen in the department is unparalleled. I knew I wanted to train in a program that was well rounded and able to instill in me great values of patient care, while preparing me for practice at the end of my training. For me, the Mayo Clinic Dermatology Residency is that program.

What makes the Mayo Clinic dermatology residency unique?

One of the greatest things about Mayo Clinic is the collaboration that exists between colleagues. The combination of high-quality education and dedicated consultants creates a great learning environment. I have always been inspired by the Mayo model of care and I am looking forward to incorporating this philosophy in my daily practice.

As a first year resident, I have enjoyed meeting new colleagues. The Mayo residency program attracts a diverse group. I get to meet people from all over the world. I love learning about new cultures and I get the sense that the friendships formed here will last a lifetime.

What is living in Rochester like for you?

I know the winter is of concern to visitors, but if a Nigerian can survive, so could you! My husband and I are enjoying our time in Rochester. We are thinking of starting a family soon. Rochester is a great city to raise a family. We have everything we need close by, minimal traffic, and whenever we feel like putting on our dancing shoes and visiting a big city, Minneapolis/St Paul is short drive away.

What does your future look like right now?

Very bright. I am humbled to be part of a program dedicated to equipping me with the tools I need to succeed. As a first–year resident, I am enjoying discovering the field of dermatology while deciding on my future niche in the field. I hope I can return to Africa and make an impact in dermatology someday.