Cum Laude Medical Graduate Looks Forward to Community Service
Graduating cum laude for her MBChB degree marks the start of a new chapter in her life, says Dr Mumta Hargovan.
‘I am excited and honoured to have graduated as one of the top achievers at UKZN. I have always worked hard with the aim of becoming a knowledgeable and skilled doctor, rather than to achieve high marks or awards. However, I am pleased that my efforts have been acknowledged and rewarded,’ said Hargovan.
For Hargovan graduation represents the culmination of her years of undergraduate study and signifies the start of a new chapter for her.
She is looking forward to gaining practical experience and exposure in various medical fields during her internship and community service years. She believes that would allow her to explore her interests before choosing a field for postgraduate studies.
She said her family is proud to share in her achievements ‘I am strongly motivated by the support and encouragement of my family. I owe my success to my parents who were there for me every step of the way and constantly inspire me. My sisters are strong and hardworking individuals, and are role models for me.’
‘My advice to Medical students is to look after yourself and be kind to your colleagues.’
Hargovan, who is currently a medical intern at Victoria Hospital in the Western Cape, loves music, travel and running.
Her mother, Dr Hema Hargovan, is a Lecturer in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies at UKZN. She has a Doctorate in Criminology and is a member of the National Council of Correctional Services.
‘My mother’s academic achievements and passion for restorative justice and social development are an inspiration to me.’
Her father, Dr Natvarlal Hargovan is a Specialist Urologist. ‘I learned through his example how to treat patients with care and compassion.’
She is the youngest of three children. Her sister, Dr Seetal Hargovan, graduated from UKZN Medical School in 2010 with an award for Anaesthetics. She has a postgraduate diploma in anaesthetics and is currently working as an Anaesthetics Medical Officer.
Her other sister, Dr Karisha Hargovan, graduated cum laude from UKZN’s Medical School in 2012, with awards for internal medicine and psychiatry. She also has a postgraduate diploma in anaesthetics and works as Anaesthetics Medical Officer.