Med-Toring program inspires future health professionals in Mildura
Twenty senior secondary school students from the Sunraysia region will get a taste of a career in health, thanks to the Med-Toring program run by Monash Rural Health Mildura.
The Med-Toring program, now in its fifth year, connects local Year 11 and 12 students with current Monash medical students (or MedTors) on placement in Mildura. Over four sessions, participants have the opportunity to hear about potential careers in health from local health professionals, learn basic clinical skills, take part in simulations and attend workshops around the transition from high school to university, under the guidance of the MedTors.
Third year medical student and MedTor, Saje Allen, has experienced the benefits of the Med-Toring program first hand. Saje participated in the program in 2018, as a Year 11 student at Mildura Senior College. She’s now sharing her knowledge with the next generation of aspiring medical students in the Mallee.
“MedToring, for me as a high schooler with no doctors in the family and therefore no real knowledge about how to apply, set the foundations for my university applications going forward”, said Saje.
“I have always enjoyed running sessions and interacting with students who are interested in health. It is fun to chat with people with similar interests, and potentially help them out by answering their questions. I know how helpful MedToring was for me, so I wanted to hopefully return the favour to future students. I want to offer them advice from my experiences, and see rural students achieve their goals. I know that living rurally can hold people back when it never should, so if I can help them navigate how to apply for universities and the expectations of medicine or other health courses, I will.”
The Med-Toring program was first established by Monash Rural Health Mildura in 2017 and is just one of the community engagement initiatives run by the site to help high school students explore further studies and potential careers in health. Over 80 local students have now taken part in Med-Toring since it first began.
“It’s wonderful to see the impact the program has on participants, and to be part of their journey to becoming healthcare professionals,” said Louise Hodgetts, projects coordinator and the Med-Toring program coordinator.
“The experience of our MedTors, like Saje, who have gone through the process of applying for health courses is invaluable for our participants. We also love seeing students from the region return to Mildura for their clinical placements and being part of the community.”
Check out our feature on Med-Toring from ABC Mildura-Swan Hill and see the program in action: Monash University rural health mentoring program helping regional students in Mildura study medicine.
For more information about the Med-Toring program, please contact:
T: +61 3 5022 5506