Five emergency care graduates formed part of the 39 students who were recognised at the annual Mediclinic Achievers awards ceremony for the Cape region held in Stellenbosch.

Two of the graduates received a Higher Certificate in Emergency Medical Care, and three received a Diploma in Emergency Care.

As part of their ongoing commitment to producing skilled, qualified candidates within the healthcare industry, Mediclinic has six Higher Education Learning Centres across the country offering various qualifications inclusive of Emergency Medical Care.

We touched base with some of the emergency care graduates:

Mediclinic Achievers
Curtley Julies (22)
Higher certificate in Emergency Medical Care - 1 year, based at ER24 Oudtshoorn.
Mediclinic Achievers
Cody Art (23)
Diploma in Emergency Care - 2 years, based at ER24 Bethlehem.
Mediclinic Achievers
Anel Buys (24)
Diploma in Emergency Care - 2 years, based at ER24 Kuruman.

Curtley Julies: “I am new to the emergency medical services industry and was initially a little nervous about taking the course. It took a lot of hard work and long hours, all while juggling work and studies. But in the end, I am very proud of myself for making it this far and graduating with a Higher Certificate in Emergency Medical Care. I am happy to be a part of ER24 and also inspired to continue my studies.”

Cody Art: “As a qualified firefighter, I was also thinking of studying medicine. It is a tough job, and paramedics are just a different type of person – you provide support and assistance during a patient’s most difficult time. It was a super tough course that took a lot of hard work and dedication. The educators were incredible. Although the various courses were important, so was building relationships with fellow students, educators, and individuals within the industry.”

Anel Buys: “After completing a first aid course, I realised that being a paramedic is the career I wanted to pursue. It felt a little like you were thrown into the deep end, but the course is tough for a reason. They want you to be the best of the best when you graduate. I’ve had some great experiences during my time as a student, and I am so happy to be a graduate and continue my journey with ER24.”

Ryan Wills, Mediclinic Southern Africa Training Manager in Emergency Medical Care, was proud of all the students and congratulated them for their determination and drive to complete their qualifications.

“Well done to all our graduates. The ceremony was all about them. An opportunity to celebrate their achievement and to recognise the many hours they invested to achieve a long-term goal and dream. The graduates travelled full circle, from novice student to competent and confident practitioner ready to make their mark. We wish them well as they embark on their professional journey,” concluded Ryan.

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