Eleasa Sieh – Queensland

Eleasa Sieh – Queensland

I’m a final year medical student at the University of Queensland. I moved to Brisbane from Canada four years ago for the opportunity to study medicine at a post-graduate course. This was a privilege made possible with my parents’ support in obtaining a bank loan that would cover the steep price of international student tuition fees and living costs, a total of just over $250,000. We were able to secure this loan with an assumed assurance of being in a secure profession upon graduation.

From the start, I have been set on gaining the skill set to become a medical doctor that would enable me to help people in a practical way anywhere in the world. In the past 4 years, I have grown, not only in my medical knowledge and clinical skills, but also in character, and feel like I’ve become part of the Brisbane community, both inside and outside of medicine. I have met clinical and non-clinical mentors from across Australia who have invested time into me. Furthermore, I met my husband-to-be in medical school, and we plan to get married next year.

Needless to say, I fully intend on remaining in Australia for the duration of my medical training and also to live here because of the immense support network that has formed around me. My fiancé will be starting the Rural Generalist pathway next year and I also intend on training to become a rural GP. We both hope to gain a broad set of skills that will equip us to be helpful anywhere of need, whether in rural Australia or rural overseas in missionary work.

An internship is the next crucial step I need to keep going on this journey. It’s a step that I hadn’t thought would come to a head in such a crisis, but I have hope that a good outcome will work out for me and others like me.

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

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  • Leonie

    I am a nurse who works in the system and staff find it difficult to work with many of the overseas trained doctors because they are thrown in the deep end with no training.
    They don’t know the system, these young doctors have trained here, passed our rigourous exams and are willing to fill rural shortages.
    This is a no brainer for the Government. What on earth is going on?