Seventeen medical students graduate in Rockhampton

17 Dec 2021

This Saturday, seventeen students based at The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) Rockhampton will graduate with a Doctor of Medicine (MD).

After completing their fourth and final year of post-graduate study in Rockhampton, the graduates will enjoy a well-earned break before heading off to their places of internship for 2022.

Of the seventeen students, the Rockhampton Base Hospital will be welcoming seven back as interns in 2022.

UQRCS Rockhampton Director Dr Sunday Pam says it’s been another testing year, but the students have shown perseverance and determination to successfully complete their studies.

“Every year we are privileged to welcome medical students to the region to not only train as doctors, but to enjoy and immerse themselves into the community.

“In the little spare time our students had, they were able to represent UQ at events such as Beef Australia, Teddy Bear Hospital for Kindergarten, TROHPIQ student events and high school student events; some even ran in the Rocky River Run.”

“We look forward to seeing these students flourish in their careers and wish them all the best,” he said.

Head of UQRCS, Associate Professor Riitta Partanen says that the Rural Clinical School presents a wonderful opportunity for medical students to build their skills and confidence to become well rounded doctors who want to make a difference to the wellbeing of the community.

“Our students experience the full gamut of health care in the regional areas which places them in good stead to not only practice kindness and compassion, but to think critically and advocate for better health outcomes for their patients.

“Congratulations to our graduating students; you should be incredibly proud of your efforts and we look forward to see you grow in the medical field,” she said.

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