Twins become doctors
[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.