The Department of Public Health Medicine in the College of Health Sciences recently hosted a lunch to celebrate the success of its registrars in training.
 
The registrars excelled in the Colleges of Medicine South Africa (CMSA) exams.
 
Professor Joyce Tsoka-Gwegweni, Acting Academic Leader: Public Health at UKZN, congratulated the new physicians saying it was important to celebrate every milestone in one’s road to success. She also lauded members of the Department for their support and collegiality.
 
The Department rejoiced when Dr Nisha Nadesan-Reddy, received CMSA’s prestigious Henry Gluckman Medal for outstanding performance in the examination. 
 
A custodian for the quality of medical care in South Africa, the CMSA regulates the training and examination of all registrars attending South African Medical Faculties. 
 
‘We’re very excited to have graduates who can now call themselves Public Health Medicine Physicians… claiming their space among a unique species of professionals,’ said Dr Stephen Knight, Principal Specialist and Senior Lecturer in the Department. 
 
‘The country needs public health-trained academics and physicians.’
 
Knight said the graduates would take over the mantle of leading public health in the future. He also encouraged them to stay passionate as there were more and more employment positions opening up for Public Health Medicine Physicians.
 
One of the Registrars, Dr Tsholofelo Mhlaba, thanked the Department for encouraging her saying she was determined to make an invaluable contribution to public health medicine in the country.