MISA is proud to be associated with Tracy Ling who obtained a MB ChB (Medicinae Baccalaureus and Baccalarureus Chirurgiae) on 7th December 2017.
Tracy Ling writes: “One of the questions most frequently asked to any young person – why do you want to do what you’ve chosen to do? The start of my tale began with a rat dissection in Grade 10 – this is where I gained much intrigue into anatomy and biology. I have always enjoyed caring for others and making them feel better thus I pursued my journey of becoming a doctor. Entry into medical school is no easy feat for anyone, though after a lot of hard work, participation in all spheres of life and many hours of community service, it was in 2012 I was fortunate to have been accepted to the medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The journey of a medical student on a quest to becoming a doctor is one filled with a variety of emotions from the elation of seeing the smiles on patient’s faces after a consultation, to gaining confidence with one’s clinical skills and of course after passing each assessment. As many happy and joyous moments there have been, there have been an equal number of moments of hardship, tears, frustration and fatigue. Though, obstacles and new experiences are required in order to grow and flourish allowing one to reach the potential seen in you by others. Studying for 6 years in the current economic climate is very expensive and one of the biggest challenges a university student faces is the affordability factor, however, I have been extremely blessed to have had financial support from MISA and my parents throughout my career as a medical student. On 7 December 2017, I graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Although we have now achieved the title of “doctor”, I endeavour to continuously strive towards bringing honour to this passion and profession of mine by maintaining the respect of all those I work with, providing the patients we interact with, serve and care for to the best of my ability. I am so thankful to my parents, sister, family, friends, colleagues, lecturers, professors, doctors, allied staff and each patient I have interacted with for helping me achieve my goal. I am blessed to be continuing my journey as a junior doctor at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. Finally, seeing the smile on each patient’s face and the appreciation in their and their families expression for one’s time and care is why I do what I do.”
Tracy is the daughter of MISA member and Committee Member, Michael Ling employed at Hatfield VW, Bryanston.