Varsha Sivalingam – New South Wales

Varsha Sivalingam – New South Wales

I am currently a fourth year medical student in the University of New South Wales. Studying in Australia has been a life changing experience and I have made fantastic friends who are akin to family. I’ve had inspirational teachers at both university and Prince of Wales Hospital who have taught me many a thing about the art of treating a person and being good person. I’ve done things I never imagined I would do and been inspired to travel to places I would never have even considered going to four years ago. The Australian spirit of adventure and freedom is simply contagious. I know I have completely embraced it now that I think flip flops are mandatory footwear and the library lawn is the place to be even if there are chairs around.

My main interests are in the fields of trauma, infectious disease and tropical medicine. The dream is to either be an Emergency Department physician or a vascular/trauma surgeon that splits her time and training between working with Médecins Sans Frontières Australia/remote parts of Australia and usual residency. Australia is one of the few places where doing volunteer work like this count towards your training. Not getting an internship in Australia will literally be dream crushing for me. Other countries may not be so flexible. Sure I could apply to the US, but I have spent enough money as it is and need to start earning some back. I have grown to love Australia and want to improve the health here. If internship doesn’t work out, looks like it’s a one way trip back to Malaysia/Singapore.

Varsha is a 4th year UNSW medical student who will graduate in 2014. The #interncrisis is going to be a long term problem, and unless a solution is found she may not have an internship and will have to leave the country. 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
  • Guest

    Sadly, as someone intimately familiar with the American medical educational and residency system, the US is no solution. They also are facing an ‘intern crisis’ in that several medical schools have opened up within the last few years, more American medical students have graduated, there are American DOs who will get all the spots after American MDs, few residency spots have opened up, and those which have opened up have been mainly in primary care (e.g. GP/family medicine), etc.