UKZN Student Elected 2022 SA Medical Students Association President
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Third-year Medical student, Ms Maryam Mahomed has been elected President of the South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) for 2022.
SAMSA is a student body association consisting of students from Medical schools across the country, with members passionate about medicine as well as making a positive impact in both South African and global communities
Pietermaritzburg-born Mahomed says she aims to build on SAMSA’s key areas of interest, which are student representation, community outreach, continuous professional development and collaboration.
‘In 2022, I hope to give further attention to the community outreach aspect as this is an area in need of support. Additionally, I have noted a strong culture of philanthropy in our University which I intend to nurture and expand through SAMSA’s reach,’ said Mahomed.
Among her list of accomplishments are National Vice-President and General Secretary of SAMSA, and membership of the UKZN Surgical Society; Friends of Doctors without Borders, and the Eco-Club. She participated in the International and European Medical Association workshops and the 2021 Association for Medical Education Conference.
‘I am absolutely honoured to be the 2022 SAMSA President and to contribute to the society’s founding principles,’ she said. ‘Personally, this role is a chance to practise servant leadership. I have always been driven by the need to serve the needs of the community as well as to help others find avenues through which to offer servitude.’
Words: Mandisa Shozi