Jayant Rajah – New South Wales

Jayant Rajah – New South Wales

The phone rings, I tense up. It’s late at night so I know that it will have to be my parents calling me from back home and yet I do not rush to take the call. I compose myself; take a deep breath and answer. “Hi Kanna, (a Tamil term of endearment) how are you…” says my mother as our daily conversation begins.

We exchange pleasantries, discuss the usual mundane happenings of our day, however recently, there are undercurrents; the sense that this genial exchange was …

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Jeffrey Sia – New South Wales

Jeffrey Sia – New South Wales

I am a final year medical student from the University of Newcastle. It feels strange having to pack up 5 years of my life into boxes, without an internship offer in Australia, I’m basically preparing to go wherever my life takes me next year.

Some friends asked me if I were back in high school right now and had known about the internship crisis, would I still have spent hundreds and thousands in university fees to come to Australia to study. The immediate response that comes …

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Eileen Phuah – New South Wales

Eileen Phuah – New South Wales

Hello everyone My name is Eileen and I am awaiting graduation from the University of New South Wales. I decided to share my story to support my international and local medical friends who have been faithfully campaigning for us.

My journey to Australia began 7 years ago, as part of ‘fulfilling the childhood dream of pursuing medicine.’ The twist was that I ended up in Australia, instead of the UK. Although I was initially upset, this has been the best mistake that ever happened. The …

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Feras Mirdad – New South Wales

Feras Mirdad – New South Wales

Hi my name Feras I’m a final year medical student. Being an international graduate; two weeks ago I was faced with the real possibility of missing out on the opportunity to continue my medical career. The thought of leaving a place I have lived in, for close to 10 years, is very sad. I completed high school in Sydney and have made some lifelong friends, and over the years I have come to deeply love the Australian way of life.

Without an internship I would be faced with a life …

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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 …

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Mahsa Kaikhosrovi – New South Wales

Mahsa Kaikhosrovi – New South Wales

I am at the end of my final year of study at the University of Sydney, and have spent my clinical attachments mainly at Westmead Hospital. My previous degree was a Bachelor of Science, which I obtained in Montreal, Canada. I worked for 2 years as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab, after which I applied for medical school. Coming to Australia as an international student was the unconventional path, but I am so grateful I made the decision to study here. It’s not …

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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 …

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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 …

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Haris Noor – Victoria

Haris Noor – Victoria

I remember first coming to Australia more than five years ago to begin my medical studies at Monash Uni, full of nervous energy and excitement for the future. It was fairly easy for me to adjust myself and the next thing I know, I was making lots of friendship and connection everywhere. These meaningful relationships hugely made my experience and study here special.

Throughout the years I have been dreaming of the future and conjuring up plans for my career. I find myself drawn towards Emergency …

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Blaise Wardle – New South Wales

Blaise Wardle – New South Wales

I have been studying at the University of Sydney for the past 4 years and have spent my clinical attachments mainly at Nepean hospital in Penrith.  Studying in Australia for the past four years has been a great experience, the medical education in this country is world class and Australia itself reminds me a lot of Canada but with warmer weather (and more snakes…).  I’ve spent three of the four years living in Surry Hills in the city and spent this past year living in …

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