Story: Pacific Island health

Dr Zafar Smith (3rd of 3)

Dr Zafar Smith

Zafar Smith, partly of Samoan descent, graduated from Otago Medical School in 2004 after winning a $10,000 Pacific scholarship in his fifth year. This boosted his confidence and allowed him to get mentoring from a practising Pacific Island GP. Smith was eager for other Pacific students to follow the same path and not be daunted by the need for six years of training. Here he attends to a hospital patient.

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Colin Tukuitonga, 'Pacific Island health - Risk factors and health service delivery', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Colin Tukuitonga, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 9 Jan 2019