UKZN’s Department of Dermatology in the School of Clinical Medicine recently awarded seven top performing Dermatology final-year Medical students with Eucerin Awards valued at one thousand rand (R1 000) each during the Final Year awards ceremony held by the College of Health Sciences at UKZN Howard campus.
The Eucerin awardees are Dr Adhavna Bodasing, Dr Abdul Waagheed Edries, Dr Lisha Jeena, Dr Phumzile Pamela Sithole, Dr Tashnie Pillay, Dr Mbalenhle Radebe and Dr Luthuli Sizwe Dingana.
The Eucerin prize winners had the following to say:
‘I feel extremely elated about receiving this award. I am truly grateful that my hard work and determination has paid off, with support from my family and friends. I believe I deserve this award because I put my heart and soul into studying Medicine, from the word go. I did not give up on my dream to excel, not for the title, but to prove to myself that anything is possible if I put my mind to it,’ said Bodasing.
Said 25-year-old Edries who is currently doing his first-year of Internship at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital, ‘It’s a privilege and a great honor to receive such an award. I’m humbled and proud of this achievement. I deserve this award simply because of all what I’ve put in for this degree. I’ve never asked for recognition neither have I asked to be mentioned. I’ve worked hard to achieve this simply to better the lives of my family and myself.’
Phoenix-born Sithole, who is based at Helen Joseph hospital for her internship, said: ‘I had multiple challenges and also had to honor my other extracurricular activities. I had to prioritise a lot,’ she said.
Said 25-year-old Radebe who is doing her Medical internship at the Port Elizabeth Hospital complex in the Eastern Cape, ‘I am honored to be a recipient of such a prestigious award, it would be an injustice to say my achievements are solely through my own efforts. I am a sum total of study groups, supportive family and friends.’
27-year-old Pillay said she is very happy and surprised with the award. She says that she has worked extremely hard and thanked Professor Ncoza Dlova who has taught her to love dermatology. Pillay is based at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital for her internship.
‘My hard work has paid off and I am very happy,’ excitedly shared Jeena who scooped a number of awards in other categories.
Like most South African students who studied in Cuba who have also encountered a language barrier challenge, this award really came unexpected, I’m really surprised to be among top performing students in Dermatology, said Dingana from Stanger who is a student in the South African-Cuban Medical Collaboration.
‘We are grateful to Eucerin for sponsoring our Dermatology awards for the past four years. Students who receive this award are those who have excelled in the final Dermatology exams. In 2017 we have included one of our top South African-Cuban Medical students who has performed remarkably well in the Dermatology exams,’ expressed Head of Dermatology and Dean at the School of Clinical Medicine, Professor Ncoza Dlova