Alexandre David – Queensland

Alexandre David – Queensland

Hey my name’s Alex, I’m a French Canadian student about to graduate from UQ. Originally from Montreal, I made the move to Brisbane in 2009 for the opportunity to study medicine. While the prospect was daunting at first I can confidently say now that it’s the best decision I’ve ever made: countless new friends, a quality education and got to live in a fantastic part of the world. Top experiences so far include State of Origin (Maroons!), a rural term in in the bush (shoutout to Charleville!), feeding a koala (don’t laugh) and discovering Tim Tams (mmmmm). Plus, I’ve not once had to shovel snow off my driveway!

Alas, this degree came at a price and thus the Royal Bank of Canada eagerly awaits the day I start collecting a paycheck. As options in my home province are limited, I’m hoping that the Australian health system will welcome my skills and enthusiam. The training in Australia is world class and I would love to stay here and keep the good times rolling. I’m aiming for a career emergency medicine and am excited at the prospect of rural placements where I can get hands on experience I wouldn’t get in a big city hospital. But for that to happen I first need to complete an internship! If that doesn’t happen I’ll be forced to return home when my visa expires and cross my fingers I get a job there in 2014.

I hope that in the end I’ll get to continue with my training here. It’s been a blast and it’s much too soon for it to be over! In the meantime I have to play the waiting game and keep frantically calling hospitals until one has a vacancy. Preferably sooner rather than later though, it’d be good to know on which side of the world I’ll be living come January.

Alexandre is still waiting to hear if he will get an internship. If you want to help him, please support the #interncrisis campaign. Take Action

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  • Leonie

    I know i would prefer this young Doctor treating me than an overseas trained doctor.

    He knows the language AND the system! What is wrong with the Government????