The Gippsland Students’ Medical Network (GSMN), an EV initiative, has offered during the month of May ‘Pathways into Medicine’ Information sessions to over 30 Gippsland Secondary School students (Years 10-12) who have an interest in pursuing a career in Medicine. These sessions were held at Monash Rural Health – Bairnsdale, Sale, Leongatha and Traralgon and the aim was to provide advice in navigating the pathways into Medicine plus an interactive tour and Sim Lab activities at each of the Clinical Schools.
We were also fortunate to have support from our local medical community with Dr Chris Perry (attended Mirboo North Secondary School and a GPA in Leongatha), Dr Krystal Harrison (also attended Mirboo North Secondary School and Nephrologist, LRH) and our own IGPPP/GRIT intern, Dr Owen Bowey providing an insight into their medical career journey. Dr Emma Beaton originally from Gippsland and currently a HMO3 at Royal Melbourne also spoke to the students and explained why she intends on heading back to Gippsland to practice medicine (hopefully in the GP rural pathway!)
We would like to acknowledge that without the support of EV, Monash Rural Health Clinical Schools, the Gippsland Medical community and local medical students including those from WILDFIRE these events would not be possible.
An upcoming UMAT preparation session will be provided to Gippsland Year 12 students next month with the support of Monash Rural Health in Traralgon and we hope to provide a number of interested Year 12 students a day of work experience at a general practice in the September school holidays.