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News in brief - Date: 14 October 2021
Written by: Pétria de Vaal / Viewed: 753
Well-known Donna Greyling (until recently from Levubu) attended the virtual graduation ceremony last week Thursday for all those specialising in various fields of medicine. She graduated in paediatrics and child health after writing her final paediatrics exam through the College of Medicine of South Africa this year, and now has a Fellowship in the College of Paediatricians (FcPaed (SA)).
Donna shared with the Zoutpansberger that she did her MB ChB at the University of Pretoria from 2007-2012. She then worked at Tshilidzini Hospital for her internship and community service. “It was in my community service year that I started to work in paediatrics and fell in love with it. The department was very small at the time, and I was privileged to be a part of expanding and improving the department. I was inspired by the amazing dedication of the paediatricians at Tshilidzini - led by Dr Ravuluvulu,” she says.
Donna mentions that she worked in paediatrics at Tshilidzini until 2018, and obtained a master’s degree in public health from the University of Venda, and a diploma in child health while working there. “I then began my training as a paediatrician at Polokwane and Mankweng Hospital, through the University of Limpopo. For the first three years of my training, I chose to commute almost daily to Polokwane from our home in Levubu. It was a big undertaking, and took a lot of time and dedication, but it was definitely worth it, as I wanted to prioritise my marriage,” Donna mentions.
Donna and her husband Juan-Ray decided to move to Polokwane earlier this year. “I have continued to grow to love paediatrics over the years and am excited to live out my calling to help the underprivileged,” Donna says. “I am still busy completing my MMed research, focusing on malnutrition in infants, which I hope to complete next year. It seemed like an impossible task a little over three years ago, but with the support of my family, friends and colleagues cheering me on, and the confidence that this was what I was meant to do, it has ended in success. I am so grateful to God for the grace to bring this journey to completion,” Donna shares.
Donna Greyling, who recently gratuated in paediatrics and child health. Photo supplied.