John Ndikum: From Yale to COVID-19 (a personal reflection)

Friday 16 October 2020
12:00 - 13:00

In this talk, Dr. John Ndikum will be joined by our CE Marcia Philbin for a ‘fireside chat’, in which he will share his poetry and passion for social justice.

John will talk about his journey into medicine, how his experiences as a black doctor have shaped him, and his reflections on working in the front line of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This talk will touch on issues of race, ethics and values, in medicine generally and in light of COVID-19.

John will finish by reading a beautiful poem that he composed especially for FPM, titled “Humanity in Calamity”.

We are really pleased to have John deliver what is lined up to be a really inspirational talk. Please scroll down the page for more information about him.

This webinar is free to attend

Booking closes at 15:00 15 October.

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This event will take place on Zoom.

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About John

Dr. John Ndikum’s work – as versatile as it might  appear  – can be condensed in a simple phrase that guides his actions: the creation of and contribution to institutions that promote optimal human health, vitality and wellbeing. 


Dr. Ndikum holds medical and neuroscience degrees from the University of London and a Masters in Public Health from Yale University. He works in general medicine with a focus on internal and pharmaceutical medicine, the latter for which he serves as a Principal Investigator for Alzheimer’s Disease.  He is currently working as a medical doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr. Ndikum is General Secretary for the public health organization ‘Inspiral Health’ as well as a public health advisor for Rotary International, with whom he secured a scholarship to attend Yale. He provides mentorship and coaching through his burgeoning social enterprise ‘Zero Entropy Consulting’. Through this he has assisted several students in securing admission to medical school.


In addition, he serves on the management team for ‘Reach Society’, a charity which was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) in 2017 and whose most recent careers conference secured over 1700 attendees! Reach Society has forged connections with several universities including Durham, Bristol and Glasgow, spearheading the reparations scholarship program initiated by the latter, to provide support to students of the Afro-Carribean diaspora.


In 2016, Dr. Ndikum published an anthology of 170 poems which chronicles his philosophical explorations into metaphysics, a subject about which he remains passionate.


Dr. Ndikum is committed to social justice and in this connection has maintained close connections with the Yale School of Public Health, with whom he and a few classmates spearheaded what was to become Yale’s Social Justice oriented curricula.

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