Young medics keen on their placement

Laura GrubisaNarrogin Observer

Four third-year medical students from the University of WA and Notre Dame University are calling Narrogin home this year while they complete a 12-month placement with the Royal Clinical School.

Paul Youn, Nadine Grimshaw, Paolo De Guzman and Ciara Aspinall are the four applicants who have been successful in securing placements at Narrogin Hospital in what is a competitive program.

The students have been here for almost three weeks and started their placements on Monday.

“Being from the big city, it’s good to experience country life,” Mr Youn said.

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“It’s like a working holiday and we get to see things like the telehealth program in progress.”

Ms Aspinall said that students would have a much better learning experience in the country.

“Here you’ve got four people (students) to the entire town, whereas in Perth you have four people to one doctor,” she said.

“Also, we get to follow patients for the entire year and in the city you just wouldn’t get that.”

All four students have interests in rural health, paediatrics, psychology and general surgery, and are excited to be based in Narrogin for the year.

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