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Category: Student Stories

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Self-reflection on years of self-destruction

February 3, 2015 in category Student Stories

Over the last few years, I lost my identity, friends, family, perspective and life. However, I know that these years have changed me as a person, and will have shaped whom I will become in the future. I am not ashamed of what I have been through, and I’m proud of my journey so far, [...]

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Mental Health: it affects us all

October 6, 2014 in category Student Stories

I had an interesting experience whilst holidaying overseas in July. I spent three days sitting on a beach with three girls currently studying at Oxford University in the UK. Esteemed as one of the most prestigious universities in the world, I was in the company of incredibly talented and inspirational young Australian leaders who are [...]

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Looking Backwards and Forwards

October 6, 2014 in category Student Stories

I’m very excited to be about to finish medical school and start the next phase of my journey. The last five years haven’t been without their bumps but I’ve got there and I’m incredibly proud of that. I’ve had a huge amount of support from my family, my friends, an amazing treating team and some [...]

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Getting help

October 6, 2014 in category Student Stories

2014 has been a tough year. Like many medical students, I’ve always been quite used to having a lot on my plate. The year started off with the usual demands of all my other years of med school, balancing my grades with my social life and looking after my physical health. There was a bit [...]

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I can do better than this

August 17, 2014 in category Student Stories

I'm a medical student. I can do better than this. I can be better than this. I don't want to be depressed. I'm just not a naturally happy person. Everything is OK. But it wasn't. I began spiralling at the end of the second year of my MBBS. I was meant to be studying for [...]

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You are not alone

August 17, 2014 in category Student Stories

My name is Kate and I am fifth year medical student. I want to share my story with you so that even if one person out there reads it and it resonates for them, they will know they are not alone. My story is very similar to hundreds I have read; as medical professionals we [...]

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August 17, 2014 in category Student Stories

The busyness involved with being a medical student is something we are all familiar with. In addition to the time spent studying often there are other things which take up our time. Living out of home, I work part-time each week to support myself financially, and am involved in various personal and university projects. With [...]

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Studying Abroad

August 17, 2014 in category Student Stories

I remember the day I received my offer from the university. Folded inside the envelope proudly emblazoned with the university emblem was an offer addressed to my name- I had been accepted to study medicine. But unlike previously, I wasn’t nervous, and I wasn’t excited either. I was scared- this was to be the first [...]

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August 17, 2014 in category Student Stories

Medical students are enthusiastic about doing it right for ourselves and for our patients, even from the first time. When the nice patient offers us their arm so we can practice cannulation, it's only natural that we don't want to cause any pain or bleeding. When the upset patient shares with us their very personal [...]

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