York High School



Dr. Matthew van der Merwe

Matriculated 2015

As a former student of York High School, my post-matriculation journey has been a blend of hard work, determination, and a continuous pursuit of knowledge. After matriculating from York in 2015, I commenced my studies University of Cape Town, where I pursued my MBChB degree. My time there was marked by continued hard work and dedication leading to my graduation with honours (cum laude) in 2021.

The early years of my professional career were both challenging and enriching. I gained invaluable experience rotating through different medical departments at George Provincial Hospital as a medical intern and I am currently working as a community service medical officer at Khayelitsha District Hospital in the emergency medicine and internal medicine departments. These experiences have been eye-opening and enriching, and have allowed immense personal growth within the realm of the human experience.

A pivotal moment in my career was being selected as a national finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford in 2023. This honour not only acknowledged my academic and leadership abilities but also propelled me toward my ultimate goal of becoming a leading clinical scientist in the field of internal medicine.

My research interests are within general internal medicine, nephrology, and the critical issues of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) and its interplay with public health. My current and active involvement in various medical research projects is a testament to my commitment to advancing medical knowledge and practices.

Looking ahead, I am excited to further my studies by pursuing a Master’s degree in Tropical Medicine and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in 2025, and ultimately specialising in internal medicine.

My path from the blue hallways of York High School to the corridors of hospitals and research institutions is a testament to the foundation laid during my formative years. The unwavering support, excellent education, and the values instilled in me by York High School have been the bedrock of my journey. I am profoundly grateful for the mentors and teachers who believed in me. They have all played an integral role in shaping the clinician and scientist I am today. My story is not just one of personal achievement, but also a tribute to the community at York High School that champions the pursuit of excellence and service to humanity.”

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