Stephanie Andriputri – New South Wales

Stephanie Andriputri – New South Wales

I am a final year medical student at the University of New South Wales. Prior to that, I completed my high school in Sydney and after 10 years living here, I consider Australia to be my home. Spending half of my teenage years growing up in Australia has given me a sense of belonging.

I decided to study medicine as being a doctor has always been my aspiration and I would love to contribute to the doctor shortage in the country where I intend to spend the rest of my life. During my stay in Australia, I have formed numerous friendships, meaningful personal and professional relationships. I also met my long term partner in medical school, who has been extremely supportive and reinforced my desire to stay here permanently. Studying medicine for 6 years has given me a familiarity of the Australian health care system, culture, and key healthcare issues in different demographics, which I think are the essential qualities to serve the Australian community.

My area of interest is Obstetrics & Gynaecology and I have been given an opportunity to work with some of the most amazing and influential people in the field as a medical student. Needless to say, I would like to pursue this interest further. In the future, I hope to create an impact in the field of women’s health in the Australian community, particularly in areas of need when the opportunity arises. An internship would be the first crucial step for me to be able to practise as a doctor and to keep this dream alive, as well as for all of us who are still waiting for the internship position.

Disappointment and uncertainty would best summarise my feelings at the moment; being unable to work as a doctor despite the ongoing doctor shortage. Nevertheless, I am very determined to stay in Australia even if I am unsuccessful in obtaining an internship this year. I am considering working outside clinical medicine and will seek to re-apply next year, although I am aware that the shortage is expected to worsen the following year.

My interests outside of medicine are cooking, eating and travelling, but I will keep them as hobbies – for now!

Stephanie 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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Medical Student Action on Training (MSAT) is a grassroots movement by Medical Students Australia wide who have united to raise awareness and demand political action be taken to solve the #interncrisis
  • Karen Price

    Fully support your desire to stay and work in Australia and not be a victim of a political lack of foresight and federal-state blame shift.

  • sasha

    You would be an asset to the system. I really hope that you are able to get an internship. Australia desperately needs people like you. You are obviously dedicated to the country – wanting to stay despite not having the opportunity to finish training.

  • M

    I’m a local student, currently an intern at a major hospital. I worked with Stephanie last year and I believe that she would make an excellent intern in our system. She was hardworking, enthusiastic and cheerful at all times and got along really well with other members of the staff and patients. It would be a shame indeed if we lost such a promising young doctor!