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Dr Kumar Scores A Double First With MIOT Hospital

"I would advise the young generation to work hard and strive for your dreams. Becoming a doctor is a mammoth task; the long hours of studying, clinical rotations, late hours of work takes a lot of dedication and patience."
23 Sep 2022 17:00
Dr Kumar Scores A Double First With MIOT Hospital
First female General Practitioner at MIOT Pacific Hopital, Radishma Kumar

Radishma Kumar, 29, is the first in her family to become a doctor. She is also the first female general practitioner at the MIOT Pacific Hospital in Suva.

Through hard work and dedication Dr Kumar graduated with her MBBS Degree and Deans Honours in 2017 from the Fiji National University.

In 2019, she pursued further education at the same university earning herself a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health.

 

“I did my one-year internship at Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM) Hospital. After its completion, I moved to Nasese Health Centre where I served as a Medical Officer for one year,” she said.

“I had aspired to become an internist then, so I applied for a registrar position in CWM Hospital to train as a Physician.”

“I worked in CWM Hospital as a service Medical Registrar from 2019 to July 2022.”

 

Dr Kumar later decided that she wanted to move to general practice in July, after which she applied for a position at MIOT Pacific and got accepted. This would be her fifth-year practising medicine.

“I had indeed always dreamt of becoming a doctor since I was a little girl,” she said.

“My parents have always been supportive of my dreams and academic goals, for which I am forever thankful to them.”

Dr Kumar’s inspiration growing up was her parents.

“I have seen them start a company from scratch through a lot of hard work and dedication,” she added.

 

“They have taught me to chase my dreams no matter how difficult life gets and whether people are there to support you or not. They inspire me to be humble and kind.”

A Harry Potter fan, she loves to read, sing, dance and spend time with her loved ones when she’s off duty.

“I would advise the young generation to work hard and strive for your dreams. Becoming a doctor is a mammoth task; the long hours of studying, clinical rotations, late hours of work takes a lot of dedication and patience,” she said.

“However, the appreciation patients express upon being seen makes it all worth it.”

When quizzed about her daily affirmation, Dr Kumar said: “Each morning I wake up I tell myself that I am enough, I can, I must, and I will.”

 

Story By: josefa.babitu@fijisun.com.fj



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