#CareerFocus With Dr. Nivisha Parag Head Of School For Healthcare Management Studies At Regent

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am 36 years old, grew up in Ladysmith KwaZulu Natal, and studied medicine with specialties in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. I also attained an MBA with Regent Business School in 2013. I am not married, I enjoy spending time with family and my three pet dogs, and studying and learning new things every day are my favourite pastimes.

2. What work do you do?

I am a subspecialist intensivist working in private practice with Drs Faurie, Skinner, and Partners at Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital in KZN. I have also recently joined the team at Regent Business School in an academic and leadership role as the Head of School for Healthcare Management Studies. The dual roles I have taken upon myself show promise to be the perfect mix of healthcare industrial insight enough to develop and deliver robust healthcare management education for our students.

3. How long have you been in the industry?

I have been a medical doctor for 13 years and working as an intensivist for the past 5 years to present. I am new to the management education industry but am a lifelong learner with a strong passion to gain and share knowledge.

4. Has your work always been your passion? Tell us why?

Definitely! Growing up I was taught to only do things that will make me happy, and do these things with the utmost sincerity. I love my work – being able to provide the best possible medical care and often pushing my own boundaries to help save the lives of people whilst working with outstanding colleagues and ultimately making an impact on humanity has been the best opportunity and blessing I could have ever dreamt of achieving. Seeing people recover from illness, being able to traverse the health journey with people and their loved ones, sharing in their joys and grief, and experiencing new and different challenges every day is exceptionally satisfying.

5. Being a women in the industry – what does it take?

I have always been quite impartial to the gender biases historically prevalent in medicine, and have always been supported by male and female colleagues alike. Empathy and a kind assertiveness are feminine qualities that are easy to respect in the medical fraternity. I strongly believe that our attitude towards gender differences and inequalities are the most important influence on how we respond to inherent biases, and not allowing such to impede us will go far in empowering women in any industry. I have also been fortunate to be employed as a leader at Regent Business School at a time when the value of women in organisations is being increasingly realised.

6. What has been the most difficult challenge of your career?

My greatest difficulty during my career has been those instances when I could no longer help a person – due to lack of resources in particular during my work in the public health system, or simply lack of anything more that could be done especially for young people suffering with illness.

7. What advice do you have for other women in your industry?

Never allow gender differences to impede your capacity to always strive towards your full potential. Remember that being a woman and what we stand for is a superpower all by itself!

8. Plans for the future?

My new journey with the fabulous team at Regent Business School coupled with an ambitious medical career looks promising to nurture the links between health and all that is required to attain health, and I plan to outgrow even my own capabilities in the goals I wish to pursue! I still want to travel to new places, attain a Ph.D. and become an inspiration to the people I can influence!

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