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Career Medicine


CAREER: Doctor

GRAD DATE: July 2021


    • September 13, 2021 – Mick shared his favorite song and what it means to him: “The song I would say I enjoy a lot now is “Memories” by Maroon 5. It brings back to me a memory of the biggest project I won back in 2019. I wrote a project to improve the quality of life of Rwandan youth and it received a highly competitive grant from the Ministry of Youth, UNFPA, the IMBUTO Foundation, and KOICA. During the selection process, boot camp, and pitching the project, I listened to this song a lot. So, whenever I hear it now, it brings back those memories, which brings me joy and courage to soar even higher. Despite the lyrics, I gave it my own interpretation and meaning. Here is the link: .”
    • July 16, 2021 – Mick shared what resilience means to him: “In my opinion, resilience is the art of not giving up. It is the quality of exercising patience while things are not going according to what you planned. In other words, resilience is to make another step even though you can’t see the whole journey. It involves having a non-ceasing hope that tomorrow will be better than today. For instance, in this terrible era of crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many projects were shut down, employment stopped, and school studies paused. As a student who lost a complete academic year due to COVID19, resilience means keeping the hope that, despite difficulties, the studies will continue and bright days are waiting for us in the new normal. Resilience gives the power to dream again and to touch the future.”
    • March 1, 2021 – Mick said his biggest lesson from 2020 was: “My biggest lesson from 2020 is that we should always be ready to collaborate and innovate to bring solutions to the table. Challenges are unpredictable thus we should plan, practice saving, and work to address any crisis ahead.”
    • July 1, 2020 – We asked our students what makes them proud of their culture, and Mick said: “My favorite thing about Rwandan culture is the fact that it values hard work and it considers men as responsible for hard work to provide for their families and to protect them. “Abagabo ni imyugariro” is a Rwandan proverb relating to the fact that men are responsible for family security. I feel proud whenever I realize that my drive of hard work is also approved by my culture. In everyday life I try my level best to involve in multi task activities and to work hard to make myself, family and country proud.”
    • March 30, 2020 – Mick typically speaks Kinyarwanda, as that is his mother tongue, English as his second language and French as his third language.
    • March 30, 2020 – Mick said his favorite drink is milk.
    • September 1, 2019 – Mick spent his summer interning at the University’s teaching hospital in Butare (a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda). He was hoping not only to learn and gain profession skills, but also to help save lives this summer!
    • May 18, 2019 – This semester, Mick learned about financial literacy. He said “I consider it as a pillar to my personal and professional development”. He said that though he’s been saving since he was 14, it was only short term. He learned that investing in property is another form of saving for the future.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to his life now, and his future career, Mick said: “In my opinion, servant leadership is a Jesus-lead style of leadership. It is an approach to leadership where a leader prioritizes other people before considering himself. My career is all about services to others. I am always learning how to improve my service toward the betterment of others. I hope that my efforts and prayers will never be in vain and that through Christ, I will be a Christlike leader.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Since childhood, Mick has wanted to be a doctor! He wants to make a remarkable contribution to the global healthcare and to be known for that! The last 2 years Mick has been studying medical theory and laboratory practices. But this semester he considers it a privilege to begin working with patients and observe medical procedures at the hospital. He hopes this semester will take him one step closer to his dream!
    • July 7, 2018 – The biggest challenge Mick faced this last school year was trying to fit in all of his classes and extracurricular activities in what felt like not a lot of time. He was able to learn from a These Numbers Have Face leadership trainings about time management, how to prioritize what he needed to go, and develop a schedule and timeline to follow. This allowed him to not just finish what he needed to, but to succeed! This summer, Mick is looking forward to attending leadership trainings organized by Young African Leadership Initiative in Nairobi, Kenya! He said he feels privileged to be selected as a finalist to get into their competitive leadership program. He is excited to learn more and grow his leadership skills and put them into use in areas where he holds a leadership position!
    • May 12, 2018 – Mick values God’s grace because God gave him his life and family, and he values hard work because it is through hard work he is able to achieve his dreams!
    • March 25, 2018 – When Mick was younger, he got sick and had to go to the hospital, while he was there he met a kind and caring doctor, ever since then he has been inspired to become a doctor himself! In five years, he sees himself fulfilling this dream and working as a doctor, and hopes to be doing his specialization studies as a neurosurgeon!
    • February 27, 2018 – Mick said his father inspires him, because he is the hardest worker he knows. Mick admires his father because he provided for his family and give them a hope for a better future for not only their family but for the whole world!
    • January 25, 2018 – Mick said he recently read a book called Secrets of Life, he said that he learned that life should be made up of visions, strengthened by strategies and hard work, but driven by self-awareness and collaboration.
    • December 8, 2017 – For Mick, Christmas is a special day when they eat meat and potatoes and dance a traditional dance called Amaraba! The word Mick believes his friends would describe him as is “hardworking” because he always works to the best of his ability to accomplish his goals!
    • November 11, 2017 – Mick is very grateful for all the people who are supporting him in his endeavors! He loves spending his Christmas holidays with his family and friends!
    • October 8, 2017 – Over his summer, Mick enjoyed helping his two sisters with their studies. Mick is excited to start his second year at university and plans to join two more student associations.
    • May 25, 2017 – Something Mick wishes more people knew about Rwanda is how it’s so beautiful — “The Land of a Thousand Hills.”
    • March 28, 2017 – When asked about the 3 things he values most, Mick said believing in God, hard work and relationships!
    • February 13, 2017 – Mick feels empowered when others take the time to teach him lessons like how to dream big, interview, and set goals for his future!
    • January 17, 2017 – Life isn’t without challenges. Last year, a challenge Mick faced was continuing with his studies while struggling with his health. From this, he learned the importance of his faith, and taking care of himself.
    • December 28, 2016 – In 2017 Mick hopes to spend time helping his sisters prepare for their National Leaving Exams. He also wants to develop a deeper relationship with God!
    • December 8, 2016 – Mick’s role model is the Headmaster from his high school! Mick admires the way he is responsible, approachable, and how he brings about positive change!
    • October 14, 2016 – Mick had a busy summer! In addition to service projects, he helped teach science to high school students!



From childhood, Mick was perceptive of factors that made his community an unhealthy environment– pollution, teenage pregnancy, poverty, epidemics and chronic diseases that took countless lives. While most of his peers became hopeless, Mick’s circumstances inspired him to aspire to become a doctor and a leader in his community.   

Since graduation from secondary school, Mick has had a lot of health volunteering roles. He is the former Gender empowerment program director at Rwanda Village Community Promoters, Trainer of trainers at Medical Students Association of Rwanda (MEDSAR) and Representatives of trophies winning Debate club at his University. Mick organized, presented research abstracts, and attended multiple big conferences on health locally and on international scene including World Healthcare Students Symposium 2017, Federation of African Medical Students Associations General Assembly 2018, International Pharmaceutical Students Federation World Congress 2019, International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa 2019. Mick is currently the vice chair in charge of registration at the organizing committee of medical students worldwide March Meeting 2020. Mick is a YALI Alumnus and recently started his business of health education to prevent teenage pregnancies in Rwanda.  

Outside the classroom, Mick enjoy music, reading, swimming, jogging and traveling.