Since high school, Chidera and Chidalu Anameze have wanted to become doctors. Now, they are embarking on their medical journey together at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo (UB).
The Anameze sisters are one of three pairs of twins that are part of the class of 2027. The school believes this is the first time three sets of twins have enrolled in the same class in its 177-year history.
“Embarking on a career in medicine with a loved one who is going through the same journey with you will make it all the more powerful and memorable,” says Dr. Allison Brashear, vice president for health sciences at the University at Buffalo (UB) and dean of the Jacobs School. “I think the entire class is going to benefit from the unique perspectives of our Jacobs School twins.”
Chidera and Chidalu, who are identical twins, graduated from UB in May and have been tackling their education as a united front since elementary school.
“We have been in the same schools since we were little girls and we’re going to do medical school together,” says Chidalu. “It’s just easier for us: We are better together.”
The twin’s journey into medicine started during high school when they participated in a New York state program that allowed them to do rotations shadowing different types of physicians in fields as diverse as medical ethics, anatomy, chronic disease and nutrition.
Their father, who is a practicing internist, also inspired them to go into medicine.
“Our father immigrated from Nigeria and was so dedicated to helping people that he continued his career in upstate New York,” says Chidalu. “We are open to staying in New York and practicing medicine,” says Chidalu.
They chose UB for their undergraduate degrees because it was a good distance from where they live near