Dream Ending for Zimbabwe-Born Medical Student
Dr Naseera Joossab of Zimbabwe realised a long-held dream when she graduated cum laude with an MBChB degree.
‘Medicine has been a life-long dream career of mine. However, as a foreign student, it has been more challenging for me to reach my goal - my MBChB degree with distinction! The MBChB class of 2015 was no less than extra-ordinary. In the face of such a strong class and demanding degree, at times I felt like it was an impossible goal to reach.’
According to Joossab, she has unlocked and realised her true potential over the years. ‘To graduate as one of the top students in my Discipline was unexpected and I feel truly privileged and honoured. It has been a great moment for my family as well as I am the only doctor of my generation.’
Joossab’s journey at UKZN began in 2006 and the MBChB is her third degree. She also has a Bachelor of Medical Science (Anatomy) degree, and Honours in Medical Science (Physiology).
‘This honour is not mine alone, I wouldn’t have reached this point without my family. My parents, husband and sister have made many sacrifices so profound that I feel unworthy of such dedication.
‘My family’s unwavering support and encouragement are what has kept me going over the past 10 years. My husband, who I met in October 2006, has been my pillar of strength and a shoulder to cry on.
‘The professional relationships I have developed with staff members have carried me through the years and I am honoured to have lifelong relationships with many of them, especially now as I join them as a colleague,’ she said.
During her second year of studies she was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society. She served as Vice-President of the Society between 2007 and 2008.
In 2009 she presented her research at the Pfizer College of Health Sciences Young Scientists Research Symposium as the only representative from the Department of Physiology.
Other achievements over the last 10 years include presenting The Selectives Experience as a representative of the University of KwaZulu-Natal; and attending the 2013 South African Association of Health Educationalists Conference.