Med student on an African adventure
TALIA Trigger’s dress code for the next eight weeks will be scrubs and a white coat.
The final year medical student, along with friend Lana Cartmill, of Kingaroy, started work yesterday at the 300-bed Mt Meri Hospital.
The friends flew out of Brisbane last Saturday via Singapore to Ethiopia, where they had to wait in line for three hours and then fly to Arusha.
“The hospital at Arusha, situated north of Tanzania, near Mt Kilimanjaro, specialises in malnutrition, burns, HIV/Aids,” Talia said.
Talia has taken on the eight-week clinical elective as part of her final year studies and was able to choose from anywhere in the medical field to work.
“I chose Africa as I wanted an adventure and to put my medical skills to the test,” she said.
“This is completely different and I wouldn’t get the chance to do it ever again.
“I will be doing four weeks in obstetrics and my passion of gynaecology, two weeks in each of paediatrics and the emergency department.
“The hospital is understaffed and has minimal resources and people are dying of things not even heard of here.”
It won’t be all work though. On her days off Talia will be working in orphanages, as well as sightseeing.
“We’re going to undertake a three-day safari in the Serengeti as well as a number of other adventures,” she said.
One of those adventures will include a coffee plantation.
“Where we are being housed with other students from all over the world we have a security guard, caterer and cleaner,” she said.
Talia said on her return she will be at Mackay until November before graduating in December.
“Hopefully I will do my internship in Rockhampton,” she said.
“As I am on the Rural Training Pathway, ideally I will become a rural doctor somewhere in the North Burnett area.
“I’ve spent enough time away from home.”
LONG WAY FROM HOME: Talia Trigger is in Tanzania as part of her final-year medical studies.