Eight fifth year medical students who came to Port Lincoln for placement this year say the hands on experience they gained has already been invaluable.
Completing a six-year degree in medicine at the University of Adelaide, the students were given the opportunity to go to a rural location for placement.
The three locals in the group, Emma Kelly from Wudinna, Isaac Taylor from Fishery Bay and Olivia Dickinson from Cummins said they knew they wanted to come to the Eyre Peninsula.
Ms Kelly said she loved her time in Port Lincoln.
“It was a fantastic year for the teaching and community involvement too – we got involved with sports and community activities,” she said.
“We spent our time mostly with GPs and also worked a few shifts a month in the emergency department which gives you greater confidence.”
Mr Taylor said he had enjoyed coming home to complete his placement and enjoyed his time in the emergency department.
Ms Dickinson said students worked parallel with doctors and nursing staff at the Port Lincoln Hospital, Investigator Clinic, Lincoln Medical Centre, Boston Bay Family Health Practice and Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Services.
“We also sat in with visiting specialists, which gave us great insight into the services provided to the Eyre Peninsula,” she said.
Ms Kelly said she was able to develop her skills.
“The way the course is run with having parallel consults, you can see a patient and discuss with the doctor,” she said.
“It gives you confidence to know you can work with a doctor and there’s the opportunity and trust, plus the autonomy to practice which helps you.”
Fellow student Grace Goodwin said she enjoyed the hands-on experience which gave her a “great idea of what the real world of medicine will be like”.
Ms Kelly said she really enjoyed working alongside the other members of the group and being able to leave Adelaide for a while.
“I needed a year out of the city, it is a long course and the year allowed me to do something different.”
The sixth year will see the students on placements and Ms Kelly will be heading to the Netherlands for a placement, as well as spending a month at a Ugandan clinic.