The winner of this years Medic to Medic essay competition used his prize money to enter the 27th International Student Congress of (bio) Medical Studies (ISCOMS 2020), a world- leading annual event in the Netherlands made up of 830 students and professionals from 70 countries. M2M student Takondwa Namalima writes about his experience presenting at the esteemed event.
Some things look impossible until they are done. Indeed, God provides opportunities, success depends on the way we use them.“
The desire to present at ISCOMS started long ago after seeing one of my friends attending ISCOMS. Every other passing year, I was looking forward to attend such an auspicious event. Now having the experience, I truly agree that some things look impossible until they are done. Indeed, God provides opportunities, success depends on the way we use them. I have appreciated the importance of having a determined effort to achieve something. It was a privilege and a great honour to present at ISCOMS.
Preparations for the congress started long ago as soon as my application was successful. I looked forward to travel to Netherlands. But, due to the COVID 19 pandemic on the globe, it was not possible to travel to Netherlands. The organisers resorted to have a digital conference.
With the fact that we were not traveling, all grants were removed. I am so grateful for the 2020 M2M essay competition. I would not be able to attend the whole congress if I did not win the competition. The congress was self-supporting initiative. By God’s grace, I was able to meet requirements by the monetary prize I won during the essay competition.
Besides motivating me to continue using up-to-date evidence based practice, the experience also steered me to consider doing relevant medical research in my career. I believe there is need to do different medical research to solve the current gap in some aspects of medical practice.”
Initially, I thought the digital congress will be boring, but I was proven wrong. The experience was exciting, educative and interactive. Apart from helping me link up with other students from other country, ISCOMS has helped me to appreciate the quality and type of researches our friends are doing in other universities. Medicine is an art and a skill that is developed by learning from other people. ISCOMS provided an opportunity to learn. Unlike in Malawi, students from other countries are doing more scientific studies, and have adequate support. Besides motivating me to continue using up-to-date evidence based practice, the experience also steered me to consider doing relevant medical research in my career. I believe there is need to do different medical research to solve the current gap in some aspects of medical practice.
Having this experience, I have been motivated to attend the subsequent congress. I am looking forward to attend the upcoming 2021 congress. I hope God will open doors to make this possible.
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