ASAIPA National Medical Student Awards 2022

We are calling all Medical Students to the frontline

It is time to once again honour our Young Medical Professionals within the South African Medical Landscape.

The ASAIPA National Medical Awards has created a platform to recognise young medical professionals who have excelled in their final year. This event is hosted by ASAIPA yearly. The Young Doctors Merit Award has been awarded to final-year medical students since 2021.  

ASAIPA is encouraging all Medical Students or Universities to nominate recipients. The objective with this Award is to recognise young professionals for their excellence in the following categories:

  • Leadership 
  • Involvement in the Community
  • Academic Reports

Nominees will have the opportunity to submit an application and be able to motivate reasons why they deserve this award in a 3min featured Video. 

The ASAIPA NMA Selection Committee will review all entries and select the top 10 applicants to attend a live interview. During this live interview, the panel will ask direct questions to the applicant were after the panel will select the Top five recipients. 

The ASAIPA National Medical Students Awards 2022 is a prestige Award where we identify South Africa`s Top 5 Medical Students. This award encourages our young professionals to continue in pursuing their dreams within the medical landscape. ASAIPA is the only Association who acknowledges our young professionals within the South African medical landscape drawing all students of South Africa together from all Universities. The NMA 2022 Awards have stakeholders involved to make this Awards possible including pharmaceutical companies such as CIPLA and Discovery.

The ASAIPA NMA Selection Committee will review and evaluate all applications received and will take into account the following categories:

  • Leadership 
  • Involvement in the Community
  • Academic Reports

The ASAIPA NMA Selection Committee is searching for the Top 5 Final Year Medical Students, passionate about medicine and passionate to make a difference.

Each Medical Student must be enrolled as a Final Year Medical Student in the year 2022 at a University within South Africa (Student Numbers provided will be verified with Universities).

The Selection Committee expresses a strong desire to see your involvement within your immediate community. The suitable candidate for this Award will be evaluated on all platforms, evaluating their leadership involvement at University, as well as their academic reports.

The NMA Selection Committee requests all nominees to submit their Accumulative Academic Records. (Academic Records will only be evaluated as one of the fields when selection takes place).

  1. Fill in the form below with all personal information, as requested.
  1. Submit a short Curriculum Vitae of yourself together with your Academic Records as well as a 3min Video. During your 3min video, motivate why you will be a perfect candidate to be awarded with the National Medical Student Award and/or explain why the person you are nominating, will be a perfect candidate to receive this prestige Award.

Kindly take note that all submission will be closed on the 31st August 2022. The Top 10 Nominees will be contacted by the ASAIPA NMA Selection Committee to appear before the Committee for a live interview per Microsoft Teams.

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ASAIPA NMA 2021 TOP 5 RECIPEINTS

The ASAIPA Team is proud to present our Top 5 Medical Student Recipients of 2021.

Azhar Nadkar

Young Doctors Merit Award

Christine Ile

Young Doctors Merit Award

Paula Edwards

Young Doctors Merit Award

Robyn Kamau

Young Doctors Merit Award

Savannah Verhage

Young Doctors Merit Award

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GALLERY

Azhar Adam Nadkar is a final-year medical student in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) at Stellenbosch University. He is committed to continuously enhancing his knowledge, attitude and skills set as a future medical doctor, educator, scholar, researcher, and leader in South Africa. As a first-generation university student, he has embraced a strong leadership role in the medical faculty, whilst also excelling in his academic studies. He has also managed to play a meaningful role in a number of student societies, showing the breadth of his contribution to life and learning outside of the curriculum. He currently serves as the Student Task Force Coordinator for both the International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) and the Southern African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE). He also currently serves as the Co-Curriculum Student Coordinator and Experiential Educator for the Tygerberg Academic Affairs Council. A tireless volunteer and servant-leader, Azhar’s hard work and dedication to serving others often goes beyond what is expected from students. He demonstrates great sensitivity to the needs of his peers and his learning institution, as well as creativity in solving problems – particularly during times of crises. Azhar has been the recipient of a number of awards during his time at Stellenbosch University, most notably he has been recognized as the first FMHS student to ever be awarded both the Rector’s Awards for Excellent Achievement in Leadership (2020) and Service Provision (2021) as well as the Tygerberg Student Representatives Council (TSR) Honorary Awards in Leadership (2021) and Service Provision (2021).”

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Christine Ile is a final-year medical student at UCT. She served as the Head of Research for UCT PaedSoc in 2019/20 and Vice-Chairperson of PaedSoc in 2020/21. Over these two years, Ms Ile also served as the co-ordinating editor for the Paeds in a Pinch study guide.

She has special interests in paediatrics, radiology and ophthalmology and hopes to explore these interests while pursuing her passion for public service.

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Paula Edwards is a 24 year old final year medical student at the University of Pretoria (and now a recently graduated medical doctor [cum laude]). She grew up in Johannesburg and is South African born and bred, but is also half Portuguese (3rd generation).

She is passionate about drawing and photography and uses these talents to raise money for her Children’s Charity.

Paula Edwards is class representative for UP’s MBChB class of 2021 and was voted ‘Student of the Year’ (HCG) as well as voted ‘Student who contributed the most to the student community” (SAMA) by her peers.

Paula is incredibly passionate about children’s health and wellbeing which is why she founded The Corinth Children’s Charity last year October.

She is an aspiring paediatrician and hopes to use this to continue to serve and care for the children of our country.

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Robyn Kamau is currently a final year medical student at the University of Cape Town. Her diverse background and worldly life experience has forged her core values – upliftment, education and community. She has volunteered in various leadership positions and community projects, and is a researcher in global surgery, interested in women's health.

Robyn served as the SHAWCO Health Vice President and was co-creator for the #BeKindOnline campaign that raised over R400,000 to empower underserved communities protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robyn is also the recipient of an Individual and Team UCT Student Leadership Award for 2020.

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Savannah Verhage is a final year medical student at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is passionate about Global Surgery and is currently completing a Masters in Public Health degree concurrently with her MBChB. Savannah has been on the UCT Dean's List for academic excellence and was invited to become a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society in 2017 for coming in the top 15% for MBChB.

Savannah has held several leadership positions during her time at UCT, including being elected as President of the UCT Surgical Society and President of the Southern African Student Surgical Society (SASSS) for 2019/2020. In recognition of her leadership and entrepreneurship, she received two Individual and two Society UCT Leadership Awards. In her capacity as President of SASSS, she conceptualised and led the planning and coordination of a Global Surgery Conference entitled "Reimagining Perioperative Care in Africa" in collaboration with the UCT Division of Global Surgery at the end of 2020. This conference attracted world-class speakers from across Southern Africa and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organisation, gave the keynote address.

Savannah is also passionate about serving her community and has organised several outreach initiatives rooted in her love for surgery, including the UCT Surgical Society Scrub Run in 2019, where she and her team managed to raise over R200 000 towards Red Cross Children's Hospital's "Weekend Waiting List Initiative" and the UCT Surgical Society Scrub Cycle, where they managed to raise over R50 000 towards "Operation Smile South Africa." Savannah also conceptualised and spearheaded the UCT Surgical Society COVID-19 Taskforce in 2020, where the Society managed to get over 250 medical students on board to volunteer for various initiatives on the frontline during the first COVID-19 wave in the Western Cape, which significantly assisted in reducing the burden on the frontline workers during the Pandemic. In recognition of her efforts, Savannah was awarded a Gold Award for COVID-19 Service Leadership by UCT Plus in 2020. Savannah has also volunteered for SHAWCO Health during her time at UCT, participating in the rural program and travelling to Eden District in 2018 and Zithulele in 2019 to provide primary medical care to the people living in these areas. She also took part in "SHAWCO 750" in 2018, where a group of doctors and health science students travelled 750km across the Western Cape to provide primary healthcare services to 750 patients in underserved regions via student-led mobile clinics.

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Qualifications:
MBChB, PhD, FCFP(SA), MPH(US), M Fam Med, DTM+H, DOH, DHSM, DNE IAQS, ISQue Expert

Prof Morgan Chetty is a registered Specialist Family Physician and the current Chairman of the IPA Foundation of SA and Chairman of Kwazulu-Natal Doctors Healthcare Coalition.

Prof. Chetty serves as visiting Professor to the Department of Health Sciences, Durban University of Technology.  He was awarded the Fellowship of Family Physicians by the College of Medicine of SA – 2013 – FCFP(SA) as well as with a PhD from the Nelson Mandela University of South Africa.

He was awarded the Fullbright – Humphrey Scholarship to the USA in 1993-1994 and completed his MPH in the USA. He wrote two books on Managed Care and is a speaker at National and International Conferences on a regular basis. Prof. Chetty also received the Titanium Award by the BHF for Leadership in Healthcare and the Discovery Health Life Time Achievement Award for work on Quality of care.

Prof. Chetty acted in the following positions:

2018 – Appointed as the Interim Chairman of African Health Federation – South Africa.

2020 – Appointed onto the Minister`s Advisory Committee on Covid and invited to serve in the Presidential War Room on NHI – Stream 4 on Quality.  Prof. Chetty was also invited to join the Council of Medical Schemes Advisory Committee on Fraud Waste and Abuse.

2021 – Appointed to serve on the Service Delivery Platform at B4SA (Covid Vaccine Distribution).

Prof Chetty is involved with Peer Reviews for 25 years.