Ms Kerina Padayachee
Medical student (4th year student)
University of Pretoria (2020)
" I am currently a medical student at the University of Pretoria, and I hope to graduate as part of the Class of 2022.
Understanding the human body, how it functions, how it reacts and how it heals, has long been a passion of mine and it is often said when you use that passion in the service of others it becomes your purpose. However, pursuing one’s purpose is not always feasible when you’re staying in a residence 7 hours away from home or studying from textbooks that cost more than a month’s allowance. Fortunately, the funding that I have received from the South African Medical Association has assisted me immensely towards overcoming these adversities and fulfilling my purpose, and for that I will always be grateful.
The field of medicine is vast and innovative and because of that I cannot say with great certainty what I would one day like to specialise in, perhaps Neurology? Or even Internal medicine? But what I can say is that once I graduate and I have been granted permission to become a doctor, I will faithfully dedicate my life to the service of humanity…. And that in itself is a privilege I will always hold dear.