Ses­sion for stu­dents con­sid­er­ing med­i­cal fu­ture

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By JOHN RYAN

WESTERN stu­dents hop­ing to pur­sue a ca­reer in medicine are util­is­ing lo­cal path­ways that didn’t ex­ist just a few years ago.

The tra­di­tional path for coun­try kids want­ing to be­come a doc­tor was to com­mit to end­less study, move to Syd­ney and, in many cases, work bar shifts at a pub while try­ing to pay rent and put them­selves through years of a med­i­cal de­gree.

Now that’s all changed, and part of this new pic­ture is the “Maybe Medicine” in­for­ma­tion ses­sion be­ing run at the School of Ru­ral Health, help­ing po­ten­tial med­i­cal stu­dents with all the in­for­ma­tion they need.

Maybe Medicine co­or­di­na­tor Kathryn Naden said it’s the fourth time the School Of Ru­ral Health (SRH) has staged this event.

“The se­nior stu­dents from Dubbo Col­lege Se­nior Cam­pus and other lo­cal schools will visit the School of Ru­ral Health cam­pus for the morn­ing ses­sion, where they will get to hear from lo­cal doc­tors and med­i­cal trainees,” Ms Naden said.

“Dubbo GP Dr Paul Roth will talk to the stu­dents about the jour­ney of be­com­ing a doc­tor, while cur­rent Ju­nior Med­i­cal Of­fi­cers will be able to chat about their re­cent ex­pe­ri­ences com­plet­ing a med­i­cal de­gree.

“The ses­sion will also in­clude prac­ti­cal ad­vice about ap­ply­ing to univer­sity and the ad­mis­sions process, as well as the dif­fer­ent ter­tiary op­tions to study medicine,” she said.

The stu­dents will also get the chance to par­tic­i­pate in a hands-on ses­sion in the Clin­i­cal Skills Lab, where they’ll per­form CPR on Sim­man, the com­plex train­ing man­nequin used to teach SRH stu­dents ad­vanced life sup­port skills and emer­gency medicine.

The aim of the day is to en­cour­age lo­cal youth to look at ca­reers in medicine and it of­fers a tool­kit of re­sources and in­for­ma­tion about how to ap­ply for a med­i­cal de­gree.

Maybe Medicine will be held to­mor­row (Fri­day, May 10) at the School of Ru­ral Health on Mo­ran Drive, Dubbo.

SRH Clin­i­cal Skills Co-or­di­na­tor Gabrielle Arnold with ‘Sim­man’ at one of the pre­vi­ous in­for­ma­tion days held for stu­dents con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer in medicine. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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