NUS Culture Day 2018

Culture Day 2018
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The National University of Samoa has recruited a number of medical specialists on full time and part time basis to meet the increasing demands for quality medical education. One of the appointments that was made recently is the recruitment of Dr Embiruka Osborne Nyandiva to a Senior Lectureship position within the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr Nyandiva is a medical doctor by profession specializing in pathology, oncology and forensic medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree, an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Medicine, and a Master Degree in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. He completed his PhD in Molecular Pathology and Oncology in 2018.  In September 2016, he was awarded the Fellow of Royal College of Pathologist UK.

Caption: Dr Embiruka Osborne Nyandiva and Professor Fui Le’apai Tu’ua ‘Ilaoa Te’o Asofou So’o, NUS Vice Chancellor

Dr Nyandiva brings to the National University of Samoa wealth of knowledge and experience in medical teaching and research. He has been a clinician, an academic and scholar for nearly ten years. Clinically, he was the Head of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at St Francis College of Health and Allied Science, Tanzania. He was also the Consultant Pathologist and Head of Clinical Services at the St Francis Teaching Hospital as well as the Galkayo Medical Teaching Hospital, Somalia. Academically, he was the Dean, School of Medicine at the Global Science University, Somalia and a former Associate Dean at St Francis University College of Health and Allied Health Science, Tanzania. He has published in peer review journals nearly twenty articles on health related concerns.

Pathology and Forensic Medicine like most specialized areas of medicine are very rare in Samoa and the Pacific Region.  The search in these specialized areas remains a challenge for health service delivery and teaching institutions for small island nations like Samoa. Dr Nyandivas appointment fills a number of teaching gaps for both preclinical and clinical phases for the NUS medical curriculum. His vast knowledge and skills set in pathology and forensic medicine would be equally beneficial for medical students in both preclinical and clinical years of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme at NUS.

The caliber of medical specialists like Dr Nyandiva, Professor Aiono Alec Ekeroma who was appointed Founding Professor for the School of Medicine and Asiata Dr Satupaitea Viali who is now engaged with teaching of the specialized area of Cardiovascular diseases raises the credibility of our very own School of Medicine for local and international recognition. Currently, Samoa does not have a specialized medical doctor in the area of pathology let alone forensic medicine.  Medical doctors of the National Health Services who may have developed interest in this field will benefit greatly from Dr Nyandivas exposure when integrated into the clinical aspect of pathology and forensic medicine at the National Health Services. Samoa National Health and Educational Institutions can utilize Dr Nyandiva’s knowledge and skills to its full potential for the benefit of its people.

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