Graduate Mohammed Junaid Ghazi wants to help ease the NHS workload after De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) gave him the opportunity he never thought he would get.
Junaid says graduating with a Medical Science degree from DMU is ‘a dream come true’ as it has enabled him to start training as a Physician Associate.
He is full of praise for DMU as he was offered a university place on the course despite him not having his maths GCSE.
Junaid, 24, is now looking forward to graduating with a 2:1 in front of family and friends at The Venue on Wednesday.
He said: “I am so grateful that I’ve got this far. I am where I am today because DMU gave me an opportunity and took a chance on me.
“DMU wasn’t my first choice but it turned out to be the best choice. DMU was the only university that looked beyond my academic studies and believed in me.
“I was given extra maths tuition, which was brilliant, and I re-sat my maths exam at the end of my first year. Maths had always been my weakest subject, but the support and guidance I received at DMU was amazing.”
Junaid was named the Most Improved Student in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences in his final year as he’d made ‘a big leap’ from his first year. He gained a C grade in his maths GCSE and this had motivated him to work towards the best possible degree classification.
He said: “I was under the impression during the first year that I was at a disadvantage in comparison to my peers who had studied A-level maths prior coming to university, whereas I had barely covered GCSE maths.
“Therefore I found my first year very difficult and did not think that I would get through, but I pushed myself and my motivation increased even more.”
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Junaid also received a Physiological Society Award for his dissertation, which looked at the positive effects of intermittent fasting and calorie restriction in relation to cardiovascular disease and metabolic abnormalities.
Junaid says he will always fondly remember his three years at DMU.
He said: “I enjoyed the international vibe that the university offered. I was able to meet and make friends with people from everywhere from Cyprus to Africa to the Middle East. It was great to have the chance to buddy up with international students.
“Most of all, I enjoyed the general atmosphere at DMU, and the facilities were great.”
Junaid is now doing a two-year master’s degree in Physician Associate Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. The role of a Physician Associate supports doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They are trained to perform roles such as; diagnosing illnesses, taking medical histories, performing examinations and analysing test results.
The Government has committed to recruiting 1,000 graduates into new Physician Associate roles at a cost of £15m, by paying course fees and maintenance bursaries.
Junaid, who is from Keighley, West Yorkshire, said: “It’s an intense course as it is 50% placements and there’s only 6-7 weeks off a year.
“But it will be worth it as I am determined to help people live healthier and more wholesome lives and make a positive impact. The NHS is under so much stress with a shortage of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals.
“I want to go into primary care and work as a Physician Associate in a GP Surgery to help alleviate the pressure on the NHS.”
Posted on Wednesday 24th January 2018