With over sixteen years at Millennium Family Practice, medical director and CEO Dr. Njideka Udochi has had the pleasure of repeating patients, a number of patients from all over the world, and has the privilege of having top of the line equipment that allows them to treat a number of conditions, urgent care, and disease. Dr. Udochi’s focus is always on her patients. “I love what I do! It is so incredible that my team and I will have the opportunity to help and connect with so many people,” she says smiling.
One of the biggest accomplishments at her practice involves the ability to have staff that can collectively speak twelve languages. “We want to be as welcoming and warm as possible and to be able to treat as many people as we can. That’s our mission,” Dr. Udochi explains.
Because Millenium is a full service clinic, it can treat a great deal of issues. From urgent care, broken bones, allergies, to HIV services and treatment to addiction. “We have top of the line equipment that allows us to take care of our patients as much as possible. Our clinic has been growing so much these past few years and this is one of the reasons. We love getting to give back to our community,” she says.
What she particularly loves is the international background of her patients. “It’s hard to imagine, but our patients come to us from 114 countries,” Dr. Udochi says. “On any given day, I could be speaking to a woman from Somalia, a man from Pakistan, or a boy from America. It’s one reason we prioritize speaking multiple languages. Our staff can speak twelve: French, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Twi, Ibo, Yoruba, Somali, Arabic, Amharic, Ga, and English. I never know where my patients will be from, and that’s a big reason why I find my job so fascinating.”
That enthusiasm for her job along with her skills led the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians to announce on February 17, 2021, that Dr. Udochi was the recipient of the 2021 Family Physician of the Year award. She was recognized for her exemplary service and engagement in the well-being of her patients and community. She was also honored for the compassionate, comprehensive medical service she continually provided her patients.
Her ability to expertly treat her patients comes from her strong training. She first obtained her medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Nigeria in 1988. She then graduated in 1998 from the highly respected George Washington University Medical Center/Holy Cross Family Practice Residency Program. She also completed a fellowship in Geriatrics at the George Washington University Medical Center in 1999. She is an experienced HIV provider and has had Board Certification since 2004. She also carries the designation AAHIVS. Dr. Udochi is currently the President of a consortium of multi-speciality physicians who provide care to patients using a PCMH model, which ensures improved access, quality, and outcomes.
Before opening Millennium Family Practice, Dr. Udochi was employed by Mercy Medical Center and served as the Medical Director of HCH in Baltimore City. Dr. Udochi is certified in HIV Medicine and has experience in Addiction Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and in addition has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
With such a strong background, it is not surprising that she is able to provide expert care for her patients. Her peers agree and have noticed that she uses her skills to provide dignified, respectful treatment for vulnerable patients, including those who are recovering addicts or are living with HIV.
Millennium Family Practice is connecting with the community in Columbia, Maryland in the best ways. Their compassion and exceptional patient care bring people together and makes Dr. Udochi highly rated and proves her to be incredibly competent.