I am Shaleeza from Guyana, South America.I am
a doctor who has graduated from Medical School
in my country Guyana.There is only one institution
here that conducts the internship programme for
doctors after graduating from university.I have
an MBBS-bachelor of medicine bachelor of surgery
degree but I have been refused a place at the
only institution in my country that does internship
have been discriminated against because I took
an ethical stand on issues always and because
I asserted my rights as an indian woman in my
country.This was always to the dismay of the doctors
in the medical school, the majority of whom had
political power.Thus, they have blocked my internship
which is a necessity for me to move on in my career.Despite
the fact that I am registered as an intern by
the medical council in my country,I have been
unlawfully been denied my rights as a woman, as
a doctor and as a citizen.
It has been almost 2 years since im unemployed.I
now face the possibility of having to put myself
through university again in another country because
I will once again encounter discrimination in
the university since it is under strong political
control from the same persons who denied me employment.I
have no funds, becase I'm unemployed since graduating,
to actually put my self through university again.
I am totally frustrated but I'm fighting everyday
looking into all posibilites to continue my life.
I have even sent complaints to the human rights
watch dog groups.No one has replied.I will not
give up , I will die fighting if I have to because
I have studied 7 days a week for long hours each
day to get through med school. It was and still
is my dream to be a doctor. Can you help me find
a place to do an internship. If not , how do I
access a scholarship to attend another university
out of Guyana to pursue another degree.
Thanks and kind regards,
In reading your note, I can (rightfully) sense
the frustration in your voice. Unfortunately,
I really know nothing about Guyana and therefore,
don't think that I can provide a valid response.
you tried reaching out to organizations like the
Peace Corps, The Red Cross, Save The Children,
Doctors Without Borders and Doctors for the World
-- all are social justice organizations that work
around the world. Perhaps they will know of a
doctor who can help you with your internship.
As for pursuing other funding options -- again,
perhaps the sources named above can help -- or
try The Foundation Center -- an organization based
in New York City and elsewhere that can help you
with all types of funding, some of which you will
hopefully qualify for.
I hope those suggestions lead you to something.