Caitlin’s Journey

There's a story behind every medical student. Read about some of the inspiring journeys others have made from applicant to medical student to future physician.

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Caitlin's experiences from the labs of Barry Marshall to the depths of the swimming pool have equipped her with a toolbox of skills to adapt and thrive in different medical environments.

From: Perth, WA

Previous Degree: Bachelor of Science, majoring in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Expected year of graduation: 2023

Interested in: Obstetrics & Gynaecology


What did you study before medicine?

I was fortunate enough to achieve an assured entry pathway into medicine after year 12, so I did my undergrad here at UWA, majoring in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. I loved learning about the aetiology and progression of many diseases, and can say that it has definitely been helpful with studying medicine.

During part of my undergrad I also completed the Barry Marshall Microblitz Internship. This involved gaining some experience with culturing and testing antibiotic sensitivities in the Helicobacter pylori lab at QEII, as well as delving into providing science education at high schools around Perth and in Kalgoorlie.

What do you do when you're not studying?

When I’m not studying I can often be found by the poolside, though not relaxing! I work as a lifeguard at a leisure centre. I used to swim competitively when I was younger, and (obviously) have an interest in first aid so it’s a job that blends my interests.

I’ve had some experience in emergency response (maybe I’ll specialise in emergency medicine down the track, who knows?), but most of the time any first aid is just applying band-aids to little kids.

I also enjoy spending quality time with friends, reading a good book, learning a little French and getting cuddles from my super cute English Cocker Spaniel.

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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