The IGCS Member Spotlight is back, now with a focus on Fellows and International Mentors participating in the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program.
Hospital Central de Maputo
Fellow of the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program
Where did you complete your training? Or tell us about your background in gyn oncology.
I’m doing my training in Mozambique that I started in 2018.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in gyn oncology or what about it interested you?
I’ve always been interested in oncology and during my residency, I’ve noticed that the patients arrived in advanced stages, so I thought what could I do to make a change.
Tell us about your work in women’s cancer: daily activities and/or special projects.
I work in a ward that take care of women with gynecological cancer. Every day we do rounds, stage the patients with cancer, do biopsies. We also do colposcopies and leeps in the clinic of pre-invasive lesions. Twice a week we do surgeries.
Tell us about the person or people who have inspired you the most in your career.
My mother, she is a pediatrician and the person responsible for my love of medicine.
What is the most rewarding part of your career?
The most rewarding part of my career is being capable to treat and relieve the pain of our patients and being able to help these women.
What is the most beneficial resource or equipment you have access to at your training site?
The most beneficial resource or equipment we have access to is the big volume of patients and radiotherapy.
What is one of the biggest challenges in gyn cancer care in your region? What resources are lacking?
One of the biggest challenges in gyn cancer care in my region is that there isn’t enough trained medical staff. There is only 1 radiotherapy center for the entire country, and the pathology center with the best trained pathologists is only available in Maputo.
How long have you been a member and how did you become involved with IGCS?
I’ve known IGCS when I started the program.
Is there a story/example of a time you were especially proud of your involvement with IGCS?
I’m always proud of my involvement with IGCS. It’s been such an honor to be part of this program and being able to make a huge change in cancer care of gynecology patients.
What does being a part of the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program mean to you?
Being part of the IGCS Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program means I’m being trained by the best in this area, which is a unique experience. It means a lot to have access to mentors and their guidance because we can get the tools we need to treat the patients.
Do you have any hobbies or is there an interesting fact about your life that you’d like to share?
Apart from medicine, I like to run. It’s my moment, only mine, to recharge my battery. And of course, I enjoy quality time with family and friends.
What is a unique or fun fact about your country or community culture?
We are a resilient people; against all odds, we get up every day and get the job done with a smile on our faces.
Does your country/region have a traditional food or drink? Do you like it?
Yes, our prawns are one of the best in the world. Zambezian chicken prepared with coconut milk, our matava and drinks we have maheu that is made with corn flour are also good.
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