It’s not farewell for our graduating medical students

21 Dec 2020

Looking up and seeing stars is sometimes taken for granted by people living in regional Queensland, however for one of The University of Queensland’s latest medical graduates, E-Hong Seah, the view has been a privilege to witness and one that he isn’t giving up just yet.

Year 4 UQRCS Rockhampton student E-Hong Seah

E-Hong is one of 17, Year 4 students based at The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) Rockhampton, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine this week.  

While this year has been challenging to say the least; E-Hong believes his time in Rockhampton has been fantastic opportunity to experience the unknown.

“As an International student, I seized the chance to complete my final year here, as I knew it would be enriching going to a regional/rural healthcare setting,” he said.

E-Hong grew up in Singapore, where he completed a Diploma in Biomedical Science before heading to Melbourne where he received his degree in Biomedical Science from Monash University.

After returning to Singapore, he worked as a Phlebotomist/Lab Technician when he realised his passion lay in medicine.

The University of Queensland Doctor of Medicine program was the ticket; where exciting rural adventures awaited.

“After spending my entire life within the urban settings of Singapore and Melbourne, I was fortunate to receive a TREES Scholarship from Queensland rural health club TROHPIQ, to undertake my First Year Observership (a first year subject for UQ Doctor of Medicine students) at Emerald Hospital.

 “It was truly an eye-opening experience to not have the resources normally accessible in a large metropolitan hospital setting and it sparked my interest in rural medicine,” he said.

Little things like stargazing from the comfort of your home, no rush hour traffic, a great art scene, easy carparking and great accommodation are just some of the reasons E-Hong has enjoyed living regionally.

“There are plenty of things to do in the Rockhampton region, especially if you enjoy the great outdoors!

“It might seem daunting staying at a distant site (for upcoming medical students), but I think it's been worth it in the long run,” he said.

UQRCS Rockhampton Director, Dr Jennifer Barry is pleased by the number of students staying to intern in Rockhampton.

“Of the 17 students graduating in Rockhampton, E-Hong is one of the six students to be accepted to intern with the Rockhampton Base Hospital in 2021.

“It’s fantastic to see that students of the UQRCS Rockhampton are deciding to continue their education in the region,” she said.