Session for students considering medical future
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