Students entering the field of medicine have been advised to be diligent, patient and apply themselves to the process of learning as this is the only way to hit the top of the medical career.

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Medifem Multi-Specialist Hospital and Fertility Centre, Dr Sampson Ampofo Koranteng gave this admonishing when he spoke at the first in the series of mentorship sessions being held for participants of this year’s National Science & Maths Quiz (NSMQ).

Drawing from his life experiences, background and career path to narrate a story of poise and grit, he urged the students not to relent in their pursuit of excellence.

He encouraged young people to make firm career decisions early in life, in line with their passion and not allow social dictates and family pressures to push them into professions that they are not passionate about. 

According to the fertility specialist, the urge to read and practice medicine must be measured against one’s own personal desire as a medicine when pursued out of expediency and not passion, can make one live a life of regret.

“You need to decide what you want to do early enough and apply yourself to achieving that. There’s nothing that is impossible if you focus and set your mind to it. You must not go to the medical school because your family expects you to or for the prestige of becoming a doctor but because saving lives and giving care is something which interests you.

“If you are interested in becoming a doctor, then you need to be diligent and patient. It takes about 15 years to reach the top of a medical career and young people must learn to apply themselves fully to the process of learning, internship and a lifetime of hard work,” Dr Koranteng remarked.

The other mentor for the day was Head of Pharmacy at the Medifem Multi-Specialist Hospital & Fertility Centre, Priscilla Adjorkor Adjei. 

As one of the women in a male-dominated field of health professionals, Priscilla shared insights into overcoming barriers in health sciences as a woman. She as well introduced students to basic academic and skill requirements and how to hit the top of a Pharmacy career.

The mentorship sessions at the National Science & Maths Quiz is designed to introduce students to career prospects and opportunities in the sciences and help them understand what goes on practically in the world of work. 

Practitioners from various fields share their experiences and insights with the students in an interactive session every morning before a contest begins.

This year’s competition began on June 17 at the University of Ghana and would end on July 17, with a grand finale at the National Theatre.