Sim’s Story

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Sim has been travelling in parallel with the medical field: in bioengineering, cancer genetics, and heart regeneration research. Even after such diverse opportunities, she decided that it was time to revisit her interest in medicine.

From: Malaysia

Previous Degree: PhD in heart regeneration

Expected year of graduation: 2023

Interested in: Cardiology, Emergency, Surgery

 

What did you study before medicine?

I wanted to be an ER doctor in high school. I initially got into med after high school but didn’t have half a million dollars to pay so I  had to decline.

But I wanted to stay as close to medicine as possible, so I took a scholarship to China for Bioengineering and got a Master's in cancer genetics, while learning that you can ice skate and buy ice cream straight out of the box instead of freezer outdoors during -30°C winter.

Before you know it, I got my feet deep in research and finished my PhD in heart regeneration in Brisbane. I then moved to Melbourne and worked as a postdoc in a research institute embedded in the Royal Children’s Hospital.

I love my research, but working in the hospital with a group of doctors also made me realise if I don’t pursue my dream in medicine, it might be a big regret.

So here I am.


What is one of your most treasured memories?

At the start of my 9.5 months backpacking trip in NZ, my partner and I were left with $50, a guitar, and a tent without return tickets or credit card because of some hiccups.

We lived in a tent for 3 months waiting for the work season to start. We woke up by sunrise, rested by sunset and the only leisure was playing the guitar or doing nothing (no smartphone, no internet).

That was the first time in my life I learned that you don’t need much to live and enjoy life.


What do you do when you're not studying?

I love to read, watch movies (lots and lots, especially movie marathon), travel, and eat tasty food.

So if you have any good advice about Perth for me, I am all ears. 🙂


Journey to Medicine is an initiative by WAMSS to share medical students' personal stories about their journey into medicine, as well as their colourful lives outside of medicine.

For many of us, the journey to studying medicine isn't linear. The goal is to inspire and empower students who are thinking about pursuing a career in medicine.

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