In Malawi, we’ve seen our first graduates. These have so far all been medical students from the College of Medicine. We’ve stayed in touch with all Medic to Medic graduates, which are now increasing in number every year, and hope to form an alumni group soon.
Mwayi comes from a village called Chirombo in the south of Malawi. Financial difficulties meant he frequently had to stay home from school.
Mwayi graduated from medical school with a Distinction in Medicine and was a medical intern at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He is now based at the College of Medicine in Blantyre and is researching malaria in pregnancy. He has a particular interest in drug and vaccine development.
Mwayi acts as a mentor to our younger students that are struggling with their course and need some guidance.
In his first year of being a medical intern, Mwayi says: ‘The demands and expectations placed on interns are great, from senior colleagues, allied health workers and patients, all of this in the midst of a challenging work environment stemming from administrative to welfare issues, straddling matters of availability of equipment and long work hours. Frustrations and disappointment are not uncommon amongst interns and seeking advice from senior intern doctors echo the words of Erica Jong – ‘Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t’.’