DUMSAA Set To Host Inaugural Seminars To Enhance Membership Development

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The Delta State University Medical Students’ Alumni Association (DUMSAA) has concluded plans to launch a series of seminars as part of its dedication to enhance membership development.

Dr. Kennedy Oberhiri Obohwemu, the Interim Board Chair of DUMSAA, who disclosed this to journalists in a press statement on Monday, said the seminar would hold.Online via Google Meet.

Dr Obohwemu said the inaugural seminar is slated for April 1st, 2024, which would feature Prof. Gabriel Igberase as the esteemed Guest Speaker, who will speak on the theme: “Building Bridges, Connecting Alumni for Lasting Impact”.

According to Obohwemu, the initiative is aimed at fostering a dynamic platform for alumni engagement and collaboration.

“By connecting our esteemed alumni, we seek to harness collective expertise, inspire innovations, and cultivate a culture of lifelong learning within our medical community,” he said.

He described Prof. Igberase as a distinguished figure in the medical community with a wealth of experience and accolades, who has expressed his enthusiasm for contributing to the commendable initiative.

He stressed that the seminar featuring Prof. Igberase, would be an enlightening and inspiring event, fostering connections among alumni and empowering individuals to make a lasting impact in the field of medicine.

Dr Obohwemu, therefore encouraged all the members of DUMSAA both home and in diaspora to take advantage of the rare opportunity to ensure their full participation in the seminars to build their professional capacity..

“Prof. Gabriel Igberase (MBBS, MPH, FWACS, FMCOG, FICS, LMCC, CCFP) was born on March 26, 1968, in Uromi, Edo State, Nigeria. His passion for medicine took root early in life, inspired by his mother’s work as a midwife.

“He graduated from the University of Benin Medical School in 1990, did his housemanship at the UBTH, and then proceeded for his NYSC in Ideato North LGA, where he served as a Corps Liaison Officer.

“Upon completion of his NYSC in 1993, he worked as a medical officer at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital as a pioneer staff.

“After graduating from the University of Benin Medical School in 1990, Prof. Igberase embarked on a journey marked by diverse experiences.

“He commenced his professional career with housemanship at the UBTH, where he served as a medical officer at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, playing a pivotal role as a pioneer staff member.

“Prof. Igberase further honed his skills through roles as a Registrar in Hematology and Blood Transfusion at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

“His pursuit of excellence led him to residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, culminating in success in the West African and national exams,” he said.

He added: “Between 2003 and 2005, Prof. Igberase enriched his expertise with a brief tenure at the Baptist Hospital Eku, focusing on surgical and research endeavors.

“In 2007, he joined Delsu as a lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology, eventually ascending to the esteemed position of professor in 2016.

“In 2021, driven by familial commitments, Prof. Igberase took a leave of absence without pay to relocate to Canada, where he retired in 2022. In spite his transition, his passion for medicine and mentorship remains unwavering.

“Beyond his professional pursuits, Prof. Igberase finds joy in traveling, singing, photography, and writing.

“His research interests encompass fetal and maternal medicine, infertility, and public health, reflecting a commitment to advancing medical knowledge and healthcare outcomes.

“As the CEO of Shepherd Hospital and fertility centers in Warri and Benin, Prof. Igberase exemplifies dedication to healthcare provision.

“His contributions to academia are notable, evidenced by his prolific publication record and groundbreaking research on maternal mortality in the Niger Delta.

“A firm believer in the power of hard work and divine grace, Prof. Igberase is renowned for his mentorship and encouragement of aspiring medical professionals.

“He continues to inspire the next generation of doctors to pursue their passions fearlessly.

“Currently practicing as a certified family Physician in Nova Scotia, Canada, Prof. Igberase’s legacy extends globally.

“He is happily married with four sons, embodying the values of dedication, compassion, and family.

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