Created: 16 April 2019
The 2019 graduation ceremony was a special day for the School of Medicine as the first graduate of the Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics, Dr Stephen Sikaveke Kodoravu, was conferred the degree to the celebration of his instructors and family.
The Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics is the first postgraduate programme of the National University of Samoa's School of Medicine and is offered in partnership with the Pacific Islands Orthopaedics Association (PIOA). The program is delivered over a minimum period of three years and maximum of six years.The path to attaining this post graduate qualification took twenty years and required much sacrifice. As the Solomon Islands did not offer the foundation science program required to enter the MBBS program at the Fiji School of Medicine, Stephen Sikaveke Kodoravu came to Samoa in 1998 to complete the one year foundation programme at the University of the South Pacific, Alafua Campus. Having successfully completed the foundation science programme in 1998, he pursued in 1999 the MBBS programme and graduated in 2004 from the Fiji School of Medicine.
The proud father of three from the Solomon Islands proudly shared:
“This is a great day for the Pacific Islands Orthopaedics Association and the National University of Samoa. I am very honoured to be awarded my master degree in Samoa where it all started 20 years ago.This is a great day for the two institutions and on behalf of Dr Desmond Soares, the Director of the programme and the entire Orthopaedics Association, I would like to thank NUS and the team from the School of Medicine for all their support. The School has been very kind to me and my son Stanley who is attending the ceremony on behalf of my wife and two daughters. Today is a blessing from God. My postgraduate training brought me back to Samoa. It was in this very friendly and welcoming island that started my career pathway in medicine 20 years ago. Glory be to God. We look forward to this collaboration between NUS and the PIOA and more doctors including two Samoans are expected to graduate from this programme in the very near future. It is our hope to improve the health service delivery for our Pacific people through orthopaedics surgery. It is a rare profession and I am thankful to the two institutions for having me as part of this great milestone”.
Committed to contributing to the health workforce development of his home country, Dr Stephen Sikaveke Kodoravu practised as a surgeon in the Solomon Islands until 2015, when he returned to Samoa to pursue trainings for the postgraduate programme in Orthopaedics. He was awarded the fellowship of Orthopaedics by the PIOA in 2018 after successfully completing the external examination in 2018.
Caption: from left; Dr Petueli Emose, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, SoM, Dr Dyxon Hansell, Senior Lecturer SoM, Sirene Vagana-Emanuele, MBBS graduate, Professor Fui Lea’pai Te’o Asofou So’o, Acting Head, SoM/Vice Chancellor,
Stanley Kodoravu and Dr Stephen Sikaveke Kodoravu (first graduate of the Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics)