Second year medical student Peter Neeskens performs an echocardiogram on fellow UQ student James Gallo at the Rural Clinical School workshop in Rockhampton on Saturday.
Second year medical student Peter Neeskens performs an echocardiogram on fellow UQ student James Gallo at the Rural Clinical School workshop in Rockhampton on Saturday. Chris Ison

Medical students learn in Rocky

FROM completing an engineering degree to performing echocardiograms, Peter Neeskens had a change of heart and went on to begin his second degree in medicine.

On the weekend, Peter and 20 other second-year medical students from Brisbane’s University of Queensland came to the region as part of their Rural Clinical School workshop.

The workshop is aimed at giving students the opportunity to decide where they would like to undertake their third and fourth year studies, as well as their internship, with Rockhampton Hospital being one of their options.

Local doctors including executive director of medical services at Rockhampton Hospital, Dr Alan Sandford spoke to the students on Saturday about working in rural areas, as well as some hands on practice like suturing and cannulation insertion.

But the 24-year-old, who will soon have two degrees under his belt by 2013, said studying medicine, was the best decision he had ever made.

“I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done and knowing that you’re making a difference in someone else’s life is really rewarding,” he said

Student representative for the group and third year medical student Cameron Anderson said Rockhampton offers students something they wouldn’t get in the big cities.

“All the students have had a really great time so far and I know a few of them are seriously considering coming to Rockhampton for their studies next year,” Cameron said.

“The teaching facilities are really good here, and it’s something we don’t get to do as much of in Brisbane because there are so many more students there.”



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