JCU life good opportunity to meet people
BEN Dickson grew up in Sydney but applied to study Medicine at James Cook University because of the course’s reputation for focusing on rural, remote and tropical medicine.
He graduated last year and is now completing his internship in Nambour.
“Living in north Queensland offers a very different pace to life than Sydney,’’ he said.
“It provides a better appreciation of different aspects of Australian society.”
“For my first three years I lived at college in Townsville, which was easy to organise and a great environment to meet new people.
“I moved to Cairns for the second half of my degree and lived in a share apartment.’’
Mr Dickson said living in Cairns offered diving on the reef, mountain biking and many beautiful waterfalls, not to mention places to hike, camp and visit.
“Everything is within 15 or 20 minutes drive, which is something you’d never find in the big city.”
Mr Dickson said the James Cook University course structure meant he could complete six years training as an undergraduate student, while gaining plenty of clinical exposure.
The course has three different rural placements, provid- ing a great context to learn practical skills.
“I’m a big fan of JCU because of its small cohort size and pragmatic, hands-on approach,” Mr Dickson said.
“I’ve worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and helped co-ordinate a program to send JCU students to work in paediatric clinics at the Yarrabah Aboriginal community south of Cairns.
“Course highlights have been my international placements. I completed a medical rotation in Singapore and took part in a trip to Kenya with Global Voices.’’
Through his honours research, Mr Dickson undertook training in PNG and has also studied in Myanmar (Burma).
“When I graduate I aim to complete a Masters in Public Health and hopefully work in lower-income countries in the aid and global-health field,” he said.
Living in north Queensland offers a very different pace to life than Sydney
Ben Dixon moved from Sydney to North Queensland to study Medicine at James Cook University