Physiotherapist Awarded Medical Degree Summa Cum Laude
Dr Sarisha Mothalal graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) summa cum laude with an overall pass of 80%.
In her pursuit to become a Medical doctor, Mothalal obtained a Bachelor of Physiotherapy cum laude from UKZN in 2015 and completed her community service at Appelsbosch Hospital. The same year, she reapplied to the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine and was accepted.
‘I feel happy and content. This achievement came as a surprise but am very excited that my hard work paid off. I know that I have a long way to go but I’m glad that I’m heading in the right direction. Once I have completed my internship and community service, I intend to further my studies by entering the registrar programme and specialising. I love being challenged and always strive to be a better version of myself so I can deliver the best patient care possible,’ she said.
While studying Medicine as a full-time student, Mothalal worked as a part-time physiotherapist in the private sector. This was challenging but kept her on her toes and paid her fees. She is grateful to her supportive parents who have been her pillar of strength and guiding light throughout.
The 30-year-old is currently doing her internship at General Justice Gizenga Mpanza Hospital in KwaDukuza rotating in General Surgery and thoroughly enjoying it.
‘My physiotherapy complements my job as an intern doctor and will ensure that my patients receive holistic care. Hard work and perseverance is what I live by. I believe in lifelong learning and bettering the lives of those around me.’
Words: Lihle Sosibo