Sam’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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With a previous life of working 40 hours as a software engineer not enough to satisfy his curiosity, Sam made the huge leap of quitting his job and embarking on his journey to medicine.

From: Perth, WA

Previous Degree: Bachelor of Computer Science, UWA

Expected year of graduation: 2023

Interested in: General Practice


What did you do before medicine?

I grew up here in Perth and did an undergrad in computer science at UWA, graduating in 2013, which makes me a senior citizen.

Next, I fell into a 5-year long career in software development, which never really captured me. I ended up thinking that if I had to do something for 40 hours a week, it would be best if I was doing something that interested me, challenged me, and felt important to me. Software development never really ticked those boxes, but the idea of being a doctor sounded like it might.

Naturally, the obvious solution to this was to quit my job and go back to university to study medicine, and I'm shocked at how well this plan has continued to work out.
The downside is that working only 40 hours a week now seems like incredibly wishful thinking, but we struggle on!

What do you do when you aren't studying? 

When I'm not studying, I mostly try to keep myself fit and active. Currently, I'm doing this with basketball, rock climbing, gym, and running.

I'm now also starting to work on my golf career, with the long-term goal of spending all my time outside of hospitals on the golf course, to help contribute to doctor stereotypes.

That, alongside being a full-time dog-dad, is more than enough to keep my hands full outside of all my learning commitments.

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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