UKZN’s top Medical student, Dr Ahmed Sameer Ikram who graduated summa cum laude, said this achievement means a lot to him and is a testament of his hard work over the years.
Ikram also received the prestigious YK Seedat prize for the top student. He said that he never doubted his choice of Medicine as a career – all he had to do was to push himself, remain motivated and constantly remind himself of the opportunity he had been granted.
‘My advice to other students would be to savour the opportunity and always strive for perfection. Actualise the Hippocratic Oath and help others whenever you have the opportunity.’ He added that his family and friends played a pivotal role in all that he has achieved.
When not on call and away from academics, he enjoys cricket and soccer. The young Durbanite is currently serving his Internship at King Edward VIII Hospital.
‘My study experience at UKZN has been a pleasant one – the memories and friendships created will remain with me forever. The training more than adequately prepares one for life after Medical School in the hospital setting. I will be forever indebted to all my lecturers, tutors and clinicians whom I encountered in the past six years.’
Words: Lihle Sosibo