Medicine Scrubs Up Nicely

The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science and Mathematics) 2006

Average $63,776 p.a. (Level 1 intern, Queensland Health). Overtime additional.

FROM paediatrics to cardiology, dermatology to neurology, and obstetrics to haematology, just where in the vast world of medicine Alison McGill will alight is yet to unfold.

What is certain, however, is that the UQ Science graduate's dream of one day entering a medical specialty is well on its way to coming true.

Alison recently celebrated reaching the half-way mark in UQ's four-year postgraduate Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.

Knowing she wanted to pursue a medical career from a young age, Alison sat the Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test (UMAT) while in Year 12.

Based on her UMAT score, her OP and UQ School of Medicine interview, she was granted a provisional placement in the postgraduate MBBS.

In the meantime, Alison chose to study a Bachelor of Science as her undergraduate degree.

"Medicine can be studied at other Australian universities as an undergraduate program," she explains.

"However the background knowledge from science is very helpful in the first year of medicine, and gives the opportunity of exploring other areas of interest before commencing a more specialised degree."

For Alison, the highlight was the chance to study pure mathematics in her final year of Science, as part of her mathematics major.

"I found pure mathematics so interesting and challenging."

Now, Alison spends her days in a mixture of lectures, tutorials, problem based learning classes (PBL), clinical coaching and hospital placements.

"I most enjoy integrating the theory learnt in lectures and PBL and applying it to clinical situations to diagnose, investigate and manage a clinical presentation," Alison says.

"The process of clinical reasoning and problem solving is the most attractive aspect of medicine for me."