Taagbara Abaate, Masters of Public Health | Junior Doctor

Taagbara AbaateTaagbara is now a junior doctor at All Souls Hospital in Agege, Lagos within the General Practice Unit. The role involves talking to patients about their problems, (clinical history & examination) carrying out investigations and treating them.

What do you love the most about your job and what is the biggest challenge?

I love the fact that I am able to proffer solutions to people’s problems especially in emergency situations and, after the patient recovers, it’s great to hear “Thank you Doctor”.

I would say that the biggest challenge is encountering patients with financial constraints which can hinder their treatment.

How did your degree help prepare you for your career?

My Master’s degree was a huge boost to my medical career. It has increased my confidence, boldness and respect amongst colleagues.

I am very much aware of the value of my degree from the University of Birmingham. The Master of Public Health enables me to search for best practices and evidence on treatment intervention for various disease entities.

Why did you choose to study Medicine at Birmingham?

I was attracted to study at the University of Birmingham because of its global reputation in Public health and also due to the fact that it is a leading research institution.

I had also heard that it was a great environment to learn in and that Birmingham was very hospitable to international student. So for me, there was no other option than to study here.

How would you sum up your time in Birmingham in three words?

Rewarding, fun and challenging

What inspired you most during your time as a student?   

I was greatly inspired by the erudite lecturers, research and friendships.

What are the benefits of studying in the UK?

The benefits of studying in the UK cannot be over emphasized. You have exposure to global current trends in any field of interest, an excellent standard of education is guaranteed and people believe in you as a sound scholar if you are able to complete the program.

What advice would you give to people who are considering studying Medicine at Birmingham?

You should be friendly and ready to learn and remember that enrolling in a program of study is not the same as finishing it. To be successful, your academic pursuit should take the highest priority. There are many side attractions but knowing why you are there is the most important and you should keep focused on the goal.