NUS Cultural Day 2019

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With the coordination support of the School of Nursing, the National Kidney Foundation provided free kidney screening for staff and students at the National University of Samoa’s main campus at To’omatagi. The screenings were held on April 4th and April 11th between 10 am – 2pm. The process involved urine analysis, blood pressure testing, body mass index calculation, waist circumference measurement and blood analysis (focused on HbA1c and Creatinine). Participants were provided with counseling and advice based on the screening results. Staff and students were enthusiastic that the screening was provided and the attendance was steady throughout the clinic times. Many of the chronic illnesses and conditions which affect Samoans such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity are risk factors for kidney disease. If allowed to progress to the later stages of the disease, a person may require dialysis or a kidney transplant. The good news is that screening can help to detect kidney disease in its early stages, when it can be managed. If you need more information about Kidney Health please visit the National Kidney Foundation of Samoa’s website at https://nkfsamoa.org.ws/.

Caption: School of Nursing and the National Kidney Foundation staff  at Le Papapigalagala Campus

 

The 2019 graduation ceremony was a special day for the School of Medicine as the first graduate of the Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics, Dr Stephen Sikaveke Kodoravu, was conferred the degree to the celebration of his instructors and family.

The Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics is the first postgraduate programme of the National University of Samoa's School of Medicine and is offered in partnership with the Pacific Islands Orthopaedics Association (PIOA). The program is delivered over a minimum period of three years and maximum of six years.The path to attaining this post graduate qualification took twenty years and required much sacrifice. As the Solomon Islands did not offer the foundation science program required to enter the MBBS program at the Fiji School of Medicine, Stephen Sikaveke Kodoravu came to Samoa in 1998 to complete the one year foundation programme at the University of the South Pacific, Alafua Campus. Having successfully completed the foundation science programme in 1998, he pursued in 1999 the MBBS programme and graduated in 2004 from the Fiji School of Medicine.

The proud father of three from the Solomon Islands proudly shared:

“This is a great day for the Pacific Islands Orthopaedics Association and the National University of Samoa. I am very honoured to be awarded my master degree in Samoa where it all started 20 years ago.This is a great day for the two institutions and on behalf of Dr Desmond Soares, the Director of the programme and the entire Orthopaedics Association, I would like to thank NUS and the team from the School of Medicine for all their support. The School has been very kind to me and my son Stanley who is attending the ceremony on behalf of my wife and two daughters. Today is a blessing from God. My postgraduate training brought me back to Samoa. It was in this very friendly and welcoming island that started my career pathway in medicine 20 years ago. Glory be to God. We look forward to this collaboration between NUS and the PIOA and more doctors including two Samoans are expected to graduate from this programme in the very near future. It is our hope to improve the health service delivery for our Pacific people through orthopaedics surgery. It is a rare profession and I am thankful to the two institutions for having me as part of this great milestone”.  

Committed to contributing to the health workforce development of his home country, Dr Stephen Sikaveke Kodoravu practised as a surgeon in the Solomon Islands until 2015, when he returned to Samoa to pursue trainings for the postgraduate programme in Orthopaedics. He was awarded the fellowship of Orthopaedics by the PIOA in 2018 after successfully completing the external examination in 2018.

Caption: from left; Dr Petueli Emose, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, SoM, Dr Dyxon Hansell, Senior Lecturer SoM,

Sirene Vagana-Emanuele, MBBS graduate, Professor Fui Lea’pai Te’o Asofou So’o, Acting Head, SoM/Vice Chancellor,

Stanley Kodoravu and Dr Stephen Sikaveke Kodoravu (first graduate of the Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics)

 

 

 
 
 

The Yazaki Kizuna Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony was held at the Aoa Conference Room on Monday the 3rd of April, 2019. Yazaki Kizuna Foundation was inaugurated by Yazaki Corporation to provide scholarships to those who are eager to contribute to Samoa’s development, and pursue an academic career by studying at the National University of Samoa.

Eligible students are Bachelor’s students who are majoring in Science or Business, and PhD students whose research topics aligns with the Samoan Government’s growth strategy.

The following students were awarded the 2019 Yazaki Kizuna Foundation Scholarships:

  • Grandeur Leota (BCom)
  • Mavaega Leo Tuatau Faimasasa (BCom)
  • Melissa Filipo (BSc)
  • Ms. Leua Latai (PhD)

Each student was given the chance to say a short speech to acknowledge receiving the Yazaki Kizuna Foundation Scholarship award. Also, students from 2018 Yazaki Kizuna Foundation Scholarship participated in the ceremony and shared their gratitude with how Yazaki Kizuna Foundation Scholarship has helped them immensely with their education financially.

2018 Yazaki Kizuna Foundation Scholarship students:

  • Faapopo Maiava (BCom)
  • Ietitaia Simi (BSc)
  • Eileen Williams (BSc)
  • Alva Tulimalefasi (BCom)
  • Mrs. Torise Sa’u (PhD)

The ceremony was closed with a group Photo of Officials from the Yazaki Kizuna Foundation, National University of Samoa Vice Chancellor & President and the recipients of the Yazaki Kizuna Foundation Scholarship Awards

Caption: 2019 Yazaki Kizuna Foundation Ceremony – National University of Samoa

 

The team from Nagano College of Nursing Japan which comprised two members of faculty and three third year students recently completed the students’ two week exchange program in Samoa. The exchange program between the two institutions commenced after a Memoranda of Understanding was signed in 2001 and was reviewed in August, 2018. In the early years of this initiative, faculty members from the NUS’ School of Nursing went to Japan and circa 2004, the exchange program began to include nursing students. It continues to see nursing students from Samoa and Japan having the opportunity to experience the nursing practice in a different culture, with each institute taking turns on alternating years. The Nagano School of Nursing generously covers the cost of the exchange program for one of NUS’ School of Nursing students and the other student is accommodated by funds raised by the NUS’ School of Nursing faculty and students. At the end of the attachment, students and faculty share their experiences with the host institution and upon their return to their home institution, are able to share the wealth of knowledge and experience gained.

 During their attachment in Samoa, Nagano’s School of Nursing students visited the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Moto’otua and the Safotu District Health Facility in Savaii. They observed the practice of their nursing counterparts and accompanied nursing teams on their work in the community and schools. See below several photos from the presentation of Nagano College of Nursing students and faculty staff and students from the School of Nursing on Monday March 7th 2019 at the Fale Samoa.

Caption: Nagano College of Nursing Students present to faculty and students of the School of Nursing at the Fale Samoa 

Caption: Faculty and students of  the School of Nursing listen intently to the exchange student's presentation

Caption: Faculty and students from the Nagano College of Nursing share their thanks with the audience

Caption:  Staff of the School of Nursing National University of Samoa with students from the Nagano College of Nursing

 

Three more international students have entered the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme delivered by the School of Medicine, at the National University of Samoa. Among the three students, is the first Australian national to have been accepted into the programme, with the two others coming from the Solomon Islands.

This brings the number of international students studying the MBBS programme at the School of Medicine to six students. The three continuing students hail from Tuvalu (one student) and Cook Islands (two students) and had started their MBBS programme under the former Oceania University of Medicine.

Caption: Vice Chancellor, Professor Fui Lea’apai Tu’ua ‘Ilaoa Te’o Asofou So’o with 3 international students – Justania Haranisoma, Walter Sageraru and Anwar Ahmed

The number of students in the first year of the MBBS program is fourteen, comprised of eleven local students and three international students. This represents a significant growth of nearly 60% from the intake of nine students in 2018 and eight students in 2017. This is in keeping with the School of Medicine’s strategic focus to maintain a 30% increase in student intake annually, and based on the figures, the School has achieved this target for the past two years.

The total student cohort at the School of Medicine’s MBBS programme now stands at fifty four, consisting of forty eight local students and six international students. This is an increase of 27% from 2018 where a total of thirty nine students (thirty seven locals and two internationals) were enrolled in the MBBS Programme.

Seven final year students (including one international student) are expected to complete the programme in December 2019. Another seven are expected to complete the programme in 2020. By the end of year 2020, fourteen additional doctors would be added to the health workforce of Samoa. The School of Medicine would have then graduated 39 doctors from its MBBS programme since it started operation and delivery five years ago in February 2015.

In striving to achieve its mission to provide quality medical education for Samoa and the Pacific region, the School of Medicine continues to actively reach out to prospective students from other pacific island nations.

The academic year 2019 sees the School making swift progress in increasing the number of students enrolled and the quality of its student intake. Three of the eleven local students who were accepted this year are bachelor degree graduates from the National University of Samoa, Monash University in Australia and the University of Otago in New Zealand. With the hope of additional scholarships from the local government and international partnering organizations, the School of Medicine foresees growth in its student population and an expansion of its student market beyond those represented by the current student cohort.

The School of Medicine also continues to build its postgraduate educational opportunities; with its first graduate from the Master of Surgery in Orthopedics being conferred the degree April 2019. The first graduate is an international student from the Solomon Islands, and the two other local students who are currently in their senior year are  expected to graduate soon.


 

 

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