Twins be­come doc­tors

Pretoria News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE

[email protected] FOR­GET the typical sce­nario of sib­ling ri­valry, filled with com­pe­ti­tion and jeal­ousy – twin brothers and sis­ters who took the med­i­cal pro­fes­sional’s oath at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria showed that win­ning to­gether is a much sweeter vic­tory.

Twin brothers Jozet and John Breedt, as well as brother and sis­ter duo Joe and Mike Shad­well were among the more than 200 newly qual­i­fied doc­tors who at­tended their fi­nal oath-tak­ing cer­e­mony.

The fi­nal year MBChB stu­dents took the oath to up­hold their pro­fes­sional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the com­mu­nity at the Aula at UP yes­ter­day.

Joe said that de­spite her be­ing three years older than her brother, they had ended up in the same class. “Ev­ery time I went into a hos­pi­tal I knew that’s what I wanted to do. To­day tak­ing the oath is like a dream come true for me,” she said.

Her brother, Mike, quipped that although both he and his sis­ter man­aged to qual­ify with a 70% av­er­age, he be­lieved she was the smarter one.

In­di­vid­u­ally the brother and sis­ter man­aged to ob­tain a 70% av­er­age and dis­tinc­tions in surgery, fam­ily medicine, or­thopaedics, ob­stet­rics and gy­nae­col­ogy, com­mu­nity ob­stet­rics and anaes­the­si­ol­ogy.

Jozet, who got the high­est mark in the fi­nal year, said he had been in­tro­duced to medicine by his brother, who sug­gested it when they did not know what they wanted to do af­ter com­plet­ing their school­ing.

John got dis­tinc­tions in surgery, ob­stet­rics and gy­nae­col­ogy, com­mu­nity ob­stet­rics, or­thopaedics, anaes­the­si­ol­ogy, urol­ogy, fam­ily and in­ter­nal medicine, and psy­chi­a­try, as well as the best psy­chi­a­try stu­dent award.

These young doc­tors and their class­mates will now do a two-year in­tern­ship with the Health Depart­ment and a year of com­mu­nity ser­vice be­fore they can start prac­tis­ing on their own or go on to spe­cialise.

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