And now for our final AFAN interview... meet Samuel MBOM, another aspiring neurosurgeon from Cameroon and currently an intern in Kinshasa-DRC.
Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Samuel MBOM im Cameroonian, staying in Kinshasa-Rdc where I am an intern of hospitals currently in rotation in the pediatric service.
When did you decide you wanted to be a neurosurgeon?
I decided to become a neurosurgeon because of my love for the complexity of the thing and to contribute to the reduction of the lack of specialist in Africa in this precise field.
What is the process like in your country to become a neurosurgeon?
In Cameroon as in the DRC there is no specialization in neurosurgery, we are forced to go outside, nevertheless, it is possible to acquire a minimum by practicing near in a sub-unit of neurosurgery in a hospital local, under the supervision of a neurosurgeon.
What are some of the challenges you are facing on this journey?
The difficulties lie in access to specialisation, financial means.
What are your hope for neurosurgery and neurosurgeons in your country?
Given the enthusiasm, I think that our countries within 10 years will have enough neurosurgeons and thus improve care.
Can you finish this sentence: AFAN is…
AFAN is the home, the base, the seed of a new generation of neurosurgeons.
What does Global Neurosurgery mean to you?
Global neurosurgery is a structure which aims to share and solidarity between neurosurgeons around the world.