NMMU biomedical graduate scores highest marks in South Africa

JUNE 7, 2016

NMMU BTech Biomedical Technology graduate Tanya Herselman has achieved first place in South Africa in the national Clinical Pathology board exam, which she wrote with 180 others in March.

“It was only perseverance that brought me this far,” said Herselman, who has since been appointed permanently in the Chemistry department of the Ampath pathology laboratory in Port Elizabeth, where she had been working as an intern. Ampath performs biomedical diagnostic analyses.

Herselman sacrificed endless lunch hours and weekends to study for the exam.

“It took hard work and extreme commitment. I spent every lunch hour sitting in my car and studying.”

During weekends, she removed herself from all possible distractions by studying in a wendy house in her garden. “My fiancé and family supported me all the way.”

Her plan now is to obtain further experience and later study towards her master’s degree – possibly becoming a university lecturer after that.

“I would like to assist other students in future.”

Such was the calibre of her third-year experiential training case study that she presented her findings at two local conferences.


TOP OF THE CLASS … Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University BTech Biomedical Technology graduate Tanya Herselman (centre), who was the country’s top student in this year’s national Clinical Pathology board exam, celebrates her success with NMMU Medical Laboratory Sciences Departmental Head Leyli Zondie (left) and NMMU Medicinal Sciences School Director Prof Nanette Smith.