After finishing this work, Henry received a specialised qualification of Masters in Internal Medicine, a first for any Cook Islander.
He was joined by his colleague Dr Teokotai Maea, from Aitutaki, who successfully graduated with a Masters in Anesthesia, another first for the Cooks.
For Henry, earning the degree was a hard road, as he was working in the busiest hospital in Fiji, the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.
“I went there for further post graduate training, which is not an easy thing to do, leaving home and families behind to embark on a career transition,” Henry said.
“It is a huge sacrifice and commitment, putting everything on the line to upgrade, upscale and enhance management, practical skills and knowledge in medicine.”
The gruelling work paid dividends for Henry, as he says it transformed him into a more confident and skilled practitioner.
His field of internal medicine is a specialty that covers a wide variety of illnesses that affect adults, including non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and communicable diseases such as pneumonia.
Henry’s next aim is to achieve a fellowship in internal medicine, which is only available in countries such as Australia and England.
“From internal medicine, my passion is to sub-specialise in cardiology and do some research papers, as cardiology is the leading cause of mortality in the world,” Henry explained.
Another goal is to complete further training in Fiji and New Zealand, aiming to improve his skill at endoscopies and echocardiograms, as well as focusing on his next research paper.
“This journey would not have been achieved without continuous support from my parents Philomena and Dr Tikaka Henry, my wife Elizabeth Henry and my final year supervisors Dr Katharina Blattner and Dr Teariki (Kiki) Maoate,” he says.
“I’m also thankful for the support from (former Health Secretary) Elizabeth Iro and especially health minister Nandi Glassie, for his firm leadership role during my final medical journey.
“Also to Professor Robert Moulds for his continuous humble medical advice, and to God Almighty for his continuous blessings.”