- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Degree
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine
What attracted you to Monash and to studying medicine?
As a child I always knew I wanted to do medicine, it was 2nd only to being a superhero. Monash gave me the opportunity to pursue this dream of mine.
You are currently in your second year and recently undertook a visiting rural placement. Where did you go and what did you gain from the experience?
I had the privilege of going to the Latrobe Valley for two weeks. We had a few days of hospital and GP placements, and spent half a day with allied health services.
We learn a lot about rural health at Clayton, but it’s one thing to learn about it and another to actually experience it. It was surreal seeing simulation situations and cases from our studies come to life. Being exposed to the very real struggles that are faced in rural health on a day-to-day basis really broadened my perspective. As a second year, I haven’t had much clinical experience, so being able to do many things I have never done before was very exciting.
Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?
Honestly, I'm uncertain. The uncertainty makes it exciting I suppose. However, I do know I want to really dig my hands into research.
What are you enjoying most about medicine at Monash?
I love how it all comes together: all these different aspects of medicine that we learn about -- clinical skills, anatomy, and physiology -- it all clicks together. Everyone is so supportive as well. Going into medicine I heard stories of how stressful and draining it would be. Of course assessments are going to be stressful, but the faculty staff do their best to keep us happy and as stress-free as they can, while still making us competent doctors. I think that many students really appreciate that.
Do you think you'll ever work in a regional or rural location in your future medical career?
I definitely see myself working in a regional or rural location somewhere along the line. It was a lot more peaceful and calming than the city – something I find appealing. I also feel like I could make a bigger difference as a doctor in a regional or rural location.