SA Doctor gets Boston Study Award

LazyLion

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The Discovery Foundation has awarded the first MGH Award to a South African doctor, enabling her to advance her specialist skills in liver transplants and disease.

The foundation announced on Wednesday the award, worth R1.2 million, would go to Dr Neliswa Gogela, 35.

She would study at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, in the United States, conducting cutting-edge clinical research in liver transplants and disease.

Gogela was ecstatic upon receiving the award.

"It is a great opportunity. It won't benefit me alone. It will benefit my peers, colleagues, undergraduate students, and most importantly, it will benefit our community," she said.

Gogela works in the liver transplant unit at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. The centre performed two or three transplants a year, because of a small donor pool, she said. Gogela is also the first formally trained sub-specialist in hepatology at the University of Cape Town.

"Liver disease is increasing, especially in the era of HIV and Aids. We see a lot of people dying of liver disease," she said.

The Discovery Foundation was formed seven years ago and identified increasing medical specialist skills as its main goal. It planned to invest R300m over 20 years to train 600 medical specialists in South Africa. A total of R84m in grants had been given to 169 recipients.

Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg said the country was in desperate need of medical specialists.

"We have over 50 million people and are only producing 1200 doctors a year. This figure needs to be doubled for us to meet the demands of the country," he said.

"Since 1990, the number of qualified academic leaders at South African medical schools has been on a decline."

Specialist doctors were scarce and ageing. The average age of a specialist in the private sector was 55, he said.


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Date : 29 May 2013 15:31
 
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They won't accept my liver if I wanted to donate it. It is saturated with alcohol.

EDIT: Pay me no heed ... I'm home after work and have had my first drink.
 

LazyLion

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They won't accept my liver if I wanted to donate it. It is saturated with alcohol.

EDIT: Pay me no heed ... I'm home after work and have had my first drink.

Probably tastes like old shoe leather anyway.
 

Thingyyyyyy

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I smell AA.

What is new? It's the SA way. The people that doesn't get the special treatment and need to work harder will be more successful.
It's like thinking you are helping a baby bird hatch. If they don't do it their selves they will never be as strong as they should be.
( all the colors of the rainbow)
I'm sure this one was the best of the AA candidates, So good on her. I hope she comes back and uses the skill here... and not see it as a fast way out of here.
 

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What is new? It's the SA way. The people that doesn't get the special treatment and need to work harder will be more successful.
It's like thinking you are helping a baby bird hatch. If they don't do it their selves they will never be as strong as they should be.
( all the colors of the rainbow)
I'm sure this one was the best of the AA candidates, So good on her. I hope she comes back and uses the skill here... and not see it as a fast way out of here.

She'll never come back...
 

Thingyyyyyy

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What makes you think it's the case here?

Because Discovery is a business. And its good for your BEE rating to do things like this. :) How big would the upset have been if it was Sarie Koekemoer from orania that got the opportunity? Be honest. Discovery is a business. That is all.

The biggest issue is that people think business cares, and that is why they do it. No. They just do it so they can get rich and pay the drones. They don't care what color you are. But if its good for business to be pink then they will paint you pink if they can,starve you, moer you and over work you until you are pink enough.
 
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Because Discovery is a business. And its good for your BEE rating to do things like this. :) How big would the upset have been if it was Sarie Koekemoer from orania that got the opportunity? Be honest. Discovery is a business. That is all.

According to LinkedIn she's in Joburg and a designer.
 

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Discovery Health CEO Jonathan Broomberg said the country was in desperate need of medical specialists.

"We have over 50 million people and are only producing 1200 doctors a year. This figure needs to be doubled for us to meet the demands of the country," he said.

"Since 1990, the number of qualified academic leaders at South African medical schools has been on a decline."

Specialist doctors were scarce and ageing. The average age of a specialist in the private sector was 55, he said.

This part gets to me. Everyone knows how great the need is for doctors in this country, but those who have the passion and ability to study medicine are turned away because of race and origin. I know 3 highly educated South African who meet all of the criteria to study apart from race, yet they are turned away.

Pisses me off.
 

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So, instead of congratulating the Dr. and wishing her luck, we throw politics into the mix as if we know the criteria used to select the ultimate recipient? Riiiight....

:wtf::whistling:
 

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Well I, for one, will congratulate her.
I hope she does South Africa proud!
 

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So, instead of congratulating the Dr. and wishing her luck, we throw politics into the mix as if we know the criteria used to select the ultimate recipient? Riiiight....

:wtf::whistling:

My thoughts exactly. From the outside it feels/looks/sounds like SA'ns are becoming so caught up in their own vitriol and poison that a continued decline inevitable. You cant foster positive change in a culture of such extreme negativity.

She won an award, she is doing something good. Be happy. Well done to her, I hope she makes the most of it.
 

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So anytime a black person advances its AA? i know and understand that the governments policies have failed dismally in implementation but does that mean every achievement will be attributed to that, what if she's just good at what she does?
 
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