Sunday, April 14, 2024

BMJ Leader “In Conversation” | Jamiu Busari, Paediatrician and Inspiration

by Editor

“In Conversation” is series of interviews with key opinion leaders across the world of medicine in collaboration with the journal BMJ Leader

Jamiu Busari is a consultant Paediatrician and Dean, HOH Academy at the Horacio Oduber Hospital, on the Caribbean island of Aruba. He has worked and studied around the world and brings an insightful and challenging perspective to clinical practice and medical leadership. He is a fervent advocate for diversity, social accountability, and social responsibility and his achievements have been recognised in many clinical and educational awards

 

“You’ve got your role models out there and you want to be like them.  That’s when the dreaming starts and you get ambitious and then you’re chasing that dream.  But, learning at a very early stage that it’s not a given that if you have that dream that you’re going to get it, sort of motivated me and typifies how far I have travelled in chasing that dream.”

Enjoy the conversation: You can listen to the podcast or watch the video on the links below or read the transcript by clicking though to BMJ Leader

Some key quotations from “In Conversation” with Jamiu

“…my philosophy is to fail as much as you can, fail as much as you want but, learn that failure does not mean that you’re not good.  Failure is an opportunity for you to learn so that you can get to your destination quicker than you might anticipate if you were afraid to fail.  Failure determines success because learning from failure provides you with opportunities to succeed further down the line.”

“Whether you’re white or not, it doesn’t matter, we’ve found ourselves in situations where we’ve been disadvantaged.  We know how that feeling is. And I focus on that feeling of being oppressed, of feeling disadvantaged.  We recognize all of that and it’s our collective responsibility to ensure that everybody has an opportunity to achieve, to grow, to dream, and achieve their dreams.”

“It’s so important to have people who are going to support you, people who will sponsor you, who will mentor you, and that is one of the aspects of leadership that I have tried to highlight, to emphasize, and to further promote, such that everybody can at least chase and achieve those dreams.”

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