Midlands State University recently hosted its first ever Zimbabwe Medical Students Association (ZIMSA) Annual General Meeting(AGM) at the Gweru Main Campus, where the Faculty of Medicine is housed.
Running under the theme ‘Mindful Medical Students with Character, Passion and Inspiration for a Better Future’ the historic AGM brought together Medical Students from all the country’s three medical schools, that is the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and the hosts, Midlands State University (MSU).
Addressing students at the meeting, the MSU Registrar, Mr E. Mupfiga who spoke on behalf the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor V. N. Muzvidziwa commended the University’s pioneering group of medical students for forming a functional ZIMSA chapter in their first year of enrollment.
‘I am reliably informed that soon after the inauguration of the Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) programmes, our medical students formed the Midlands State University Chapter of the Zimbabwe Medical Students Association within their first semester of enrollment. This is highly commendable’ noted Mr Mupfiga.
In her presentation, Mrs J. Mangube an official from Varichem, also applauded ZIMSA members for their dedication and commitment, which has seen the organisation growing rapidly in a short space of time.
The two-day AGM, which was attended by over 50 medical students provided an important platform for ZIMSA members to not only discuss issues pertaining to their constitution but also to elect a new national executive.
Speaking after the election of the new ZIMSA National Executive, which included two MSU students namely, Tafadzwa Sinoya and Lynnette Ndlovu, the Midlands State University, Executive Dean of Medicine, Dr R. Matchaba-Hove challenged the University’s medical students, to show their worth as leaders.
‘MSU may be the youngest among the institutions that are already in ZIMSA. However, I encourage them to take up their positions and show their competency as they assume roles of leadership,’ he said.
Sinoya and Ndlovu will assume the roles of vice president external affairs and sergeant of arms respectively.
ZIMSA is an affiliation of the Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA), the African Association of Medical Students and the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), which are all dedicated to ensuring excellence in both medical education and practice.