Austin's ready to learn
LOCAL medical student Austin May filled his summer holidays with new experiences.
The University of NSW Rural Clinical School sixth year student returned for the start of his elective year after working in Broken Hill in Central West NSW and Uganda.
While in Broken Hill Mr May worked with the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service.
“The things I learnt there weren’t so much to do with medicine,” he said.
He learnt about cultural and the health care standard differences. The two-week stint out west took Mr May to isolated communities such as Wilcannia and Ivanhoe.
Basic health care differences were obvious to the budding doctor when he spent four weeks learning at a hospital in Uganda. “It was challenging. The basic level of health care is so different to our own,” Mr May said.
The experience has motivated Mr May to learn more to be able to help. He left the nation feeling grateful about his opportunities.
Mr May has been completing his medical studies at the Coffs Harbour Campus of the Rural Clinical School for the past three years.
Mr May’s education focus for the next four weeks is on obstetrics and gynaecology as he takes up a placement in Grafton.
“We’re (Rural Clinical School students) so grateful for the local doctors, nurses and community,” Mr May said.