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Keziah Gabriel

"I could never have studied medicine without this support"

I grew up in Amanzimtoti on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. I am a final year medical student, funded by the Boris Wilson Endowed Scholarship since my second year. I could never have studied medicine without this, which is something that many South African students face. One of the reasons I chose to study medicine was because my father had a fatal traumatic accident when I was 15, and the feeling of helplessness when someone you love is dying has stuck with me. I wanted to empower myself with medical knowledge and skills to ensure I never feel lost in the face of medical trauma and pathology ever again. My goal is to be a successful and knowledgeable general practitioner. The importance of general practice is currently underestimated but good general practitioners are essential to any health system that aims to function effectively. Our public health care system requires vast improvements in primary health care and I would love to be involved in improving it. I believe the pioneers of change in South Africa will be the new generation of well-educated, passionate graduates.