This Student Program proved to be an overwhelming success and gave a platform to Health Science students from across disciplines such as Pharmacy, Dentistry, Medicine, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (etc), from universities across South Africa. Students came together as a team to learn and discuss current affairs and matters in the field of healthcare.
The Student Program ran parallel and intergrated with the main programs and was well attended by both medical and non-medical students alike. The program consisted of dynamic speakers who catered for students’ academic and spiritual needs. Students were fortunate enough to have the honour of learning and engaging with international speakers such as Sheikh Lemu, Sister Salatu Sule and Mr Ashraf Elfar. The session with Sheikh Lemu stood our particularly for students who were reminded that Islam is for every generation and fits with every profession. The program also gave students a platform to be speakers themselves, sharing topics they found pertinent with their peers.
Allied Students such as Chiropractors and Homeopaths presented to mainstream Medical students in order to facilitate better understanding of what these professions consist of. Discussions, brainstorms and debates ensued which created a mixing pot of diverse thought, perspectives and ideas. Throughout the program students gained skills such as CPR and were equipped for public speaking and overcoming personal challenges as Health Care students and future health professionals. The interaction between students and senior health professionals and community activists definitely provides admirable role models for the future flag bearers of the IMA.
New friendships were formed and old friends from around South Africa (such as those students from the IMA student Wings who travelled together to Turkey last year) were excited to meet again. An international student and FIMA Camp friend from Somalia also attended!
This student convention – with its audience of medical, non-medical, local and international students together with its terrific program has definitely set the stage for future IMA student conventions. As students bid farewell on the night of the Gala Dinner – it was bitter sweet – as old and new friends said goodbye. Each student was filled with determination of the type of change they’d like to bring – together – through healthcare.
The student convention overall displayed a network of young minds aiming towards a positive future for healthcare. Contact details were exchanged, problems were raised, solutions were discussed and a way forward was planned on how students can contribute and become active, meaningful members of society and work with IMASA to the benefit of our communities.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS SUCH AS;
AWQAF SA, LOCAL BRANCHES AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO GENEROUSLY CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS SPONSORING A NUMBER OF STUDENTS. COVERING THEIR REGISTRATION FEES, ACCOMMODATION & TRAVEL EXPENSES AND ENABLING THEM TO EXPERIENCE A CONFERENCE OF THIS NATURE. THESE SPONSORSHIPS OFFERS THE STUDENT AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET OTHER STUDENTS FROM VARIOUS UNIVERSITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA, EXPOSING HIM/HER TO LECTURES & SPEAKERS OF A VERY EXPOSING HIM/HER TO LECTURES & SPEAKERS OF A VERY HIGH CALIBRE, INTRODUCING THEM TO IMASA AND WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER THEM AS MEDICAL /HEALTH SCIENCE STUDENTS AND QUALIFIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS and LAST BUT NOT LEAST NETWORKING WITH SENIOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND POSSIBLE MENTORS DURING THEIR YEARS OF STUDIES AND AFTER.