Nathan’s Journey

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Nathan's journey started with a rush! 14 days before the start of the semester while relaxing in the Texas sun, his offer letter for UWA came in...

From: Sunshine Coast, QLD

Previous Degree: Bachelor of Biomedical Science, University of Sunshine Coast

Expected year of graduation: 2023

Interested in: Not too sure yet but rural generalist is looking quite good


What did you study before medicine?

I took the usual route of study and did a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast QLD, where I’m originally from and where I am currently stranded in lock down.

Graduating mid-year 2017 I’ve spent the last roughly 2 years living and working in the United States for a medical scribe company, a niche industry yet to take off here in Australia.

I was working as a national implementation trainer, travelling around the country to hospitals where the company had newly landed contracts to assist in training new local medical scribes, for the most part in the emergency department.

It was an awesome experience! I actually got a rather late offer from UWA (2.5 weeks prior to pre-sem) and packed up my life and flew straight to Perth from Dallas TX, 5 days before our first class.

Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die? 

via shark attack.

What do you do when you're not studying?

Try to stay active. Love surfing, and more so just adventuring to find a nice wave, which I haven’t been able to figure out just yet in the Perth area...but on RCS for MD3 down in Albany have enjoyed the uncrowded beaches!

Also hoping to play rugby again next year when I’m back in Perth for UWA!

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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