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Gippsland Students’ Medical Network (June 2017)

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Gippsland Stsudents’ Medical Network Update

A series of information sessions on the ‘Pathways to Medicine’ were held in May across Gippsland for Years 9-12 Secondary School Students. With the support of Monash Rural Health, sessions were offered in Bairnsdale, Sale, Leongatha and Traralgon and were well attended.

The sessions in Bairnsdale and Sale were held during lunchtime and supported by the medical students providing valuable advice and guidance to students on why they have chosen medicine and the opportunities which exist if they choose to undertake part of their medical degree at a Rural Clinical School. Information was also provided on navigating pathways into University including subject choices and entry requirements as well as tips on the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test) and MMIs (Multiple Mini Interviews).

In Leongatha, Dr Chris Perry who grew up in Mirboo North, gave a valuable insight of his experience as a Doctor, including his time in the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Dr Perry also spoke about the opportunities undertaking Medicine as a career can present, encouraging students that you can go anywhere once qualified and why he has chosen to come back to a rural area.

In Traralgon, the session focused on the journey from first year medical student to Intern. We were proud to welcome back GSMN member, Molly Angliss from Maffra to talk about her transition from year 12 to first year med at Monash University.  Molly participated in our work experience pilot program which was supported by Heyfield Medical Centre last September which had a profound effect on her desire to pursue a career in rural medicine. The secondary school students also had the opportunity to listen to the experiences of Chris Hardy, fourth year medical student who has chosen to spend Year 3 and 4 of his studies in Gippsland, Bernadette Spencer, final year postgraduate student from Deakin University originally from Warragul and GRIT (Gippsland Rural Intern Training Program) Intern, Dr Tom Kefford also from Warragul. The speakers were generous in sharing their personal journeys and passed on valuable advice to the group from a welfare and mental health perspective encouraging them to ensure they have balance and to enjoy their journey into a medical career!

Both Monash Rural Health sites in Leongatha and Traralgon provided a tour of facilities and activities in the Sim Labs such as basic life support and a clinical episode.

We now look forward to hosting our upcoming free UMAT preparation session for Gippsland Year 12 students at Monash Rural Health in Traralgon next month.

Anecdotal feedback to date from Career Teachers and the community is demonstrating that the collaboration between the GSMN which is housed at EV, Monash Rural Health, WILDFIRE Medical Students and the local medical community to co-ordinate and deliver these sessions regionally across Gippsland is an invaluable and accessible resource for our Gippsland Students.

Together we look forward to supporting Gippsland secondary school students as they follow a career in Medicine in the hope that they will one day return to Gippsland to practice as medical professionals, achieving the ultimate aim of the Network of “Growing our Own”.

Local year twelve students met third and fourth year medical students to discuss how to begin studying medicine.

Sale ‘Pathways to Medicine’ lunchtime Info session with Year 2 medical students.


Bairnsdale ‘Pathways to Medicine’ lunchtime Info session with Year 4 Students and A/Prof David Campbell.


Mr Bill Haigh, Simulation Co-ordinator, Blended Learning & Research engaging students in how Sim Man is used for basic life support education