LOCAL Gynaecologist and Obstetrician Dr. Shavershree Govender placed Netcare Margate on the map after adding yet another hat to her long list of prestigious qualifications. Dr. Govender, who also holds a diploma in fertility and reproduction from the University of Kiel, Germany, as well as Master class certificate in fetal medicine from St Georges University of London, recently spent four weeks at the World Laparoscopy Hospital in New Delhi in order to complete her fellowship and Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery. She joined a class of 26 specialists from around the world and not only came out the overall second highest in the class but her task analysis was selected as the best among the group and got to be published by the school.Minimal Access Surgery incorporates technological advancements into modern medicine. It is surgery completed with one or more small incisions instead of a large incision. The surgeon passes a telescope with a video camera through a small incision into a body cavity and views the surgery on a TV monitor. For a doctor practising in a developing country, with the type of patient profile that we have, minimal access surgery is even more recommended says Dr. Govender.Additionally, patient recovery is better through minimal access surgery, and the patient gets a better quality of life, she said.“Technology is ever increasing and it is what motivated me to pursue my fellowship and diploma in Minimal Access Surgery, that and the fact that I love being an obstetrician gynaecologist. I love being able to make a clear tangible difference in the quality of a person’s life. “I am honoured every time a patient comes to me and I am humbled at the trust that’s given.Featuring 12 hour rigourous sessions daily, the course was challenging, she admits.“No really important and useful knowledge is obtained easily, quickly, or without sustained effort, and I was blessed to have the support of my family. You will only gain from your study the equivalent of the effort you expend. To quote my favourite quote by Dr. Seuss, ‘the more you read the more things you will know. The more you learn the more places you will go,” said Dr. Govender. Her husband, Mellin Moodley, and son Dax (3) were with her throughout the course and she said she could not have made it without them. “It was a rigourous month but my journey and achievement is not mine alone. With the undying support of my husband and son, I was prepared to work very hard,” she said. She encourages other scholars to continue to pursue their studies with fervour as studying, she said, is the “golden key” to building the knowledge that will throw open the gates of possibility and a contented life. As intense and challenging as the training was it does not seem like this will be the last of Dr. Govender’s studies. “The pursuit of knowledge is a lifetime pursuit, with knowledge and work being the two fundamentals of human success and happiness.“There are countless possibilities to learn something new in this world and many people who are willing to teach you what they know,” she said.