Toowoomba welcomes 30 third-year medical students
AT 22, Bella Gosper is one of 77 upcoming doctors in Toowoomba ready to make a difference.
With a degree in mathematics already under her belt, Ms Gosper has a lifelong thirst for learning and wanted a career that merged her passions together.
She was one of 30 third-year students from around Australia welcomed to The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School yesterday.
As of Monday, they will be working across Toowoomba Hospital, St Vincent's Private Hospital and St Andrew's Toowoomba Hospital.
As well as the third-year students, the school also welcomed 23 returning fourth-year students, seven new fourth-year students and 17 interns who will join Toowoomba Hospital.
Originally from Brisbane, Ms Gosper was passionate about rural and indigenous health.
"I picked Toowoomba because it has an excellent reputation for the quality of teaching. It seems like a good stepping stone from metropolitan to rural health," she said.
"I don't have a concrete end goal but I'd like to marry my passions of medicine and maths together and forge a pathway that nurtures both of those specialities.
"I love the idea of neurosurgery as a result - the brain fascinates me but I also love kids so paediatrics might also be on the cards."
When she is not working, Ms Gosper hopes to become part of the city's fitness scene and volunteer at Toowoomba Hospital Foundation.
Third-year student Sam Fell, 29, always knew he wanted to help people.
"Initially, when I was younger I was very idealistic, I wanted to wind up doing something in the health profession, whether it was medicine or being a paramedic," he said.
"As well as a strong desire to help people, when I got older I wanted something to challenge me. I wanted to work in something that mattered not only to me but the community."
The Melbourne man can't wait to explore the area, go camping and join a Brazilian jiu jitsu gym.
The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School student co-ordinator Maree Nichols said the third-year students were excited to turn their study into practice.
"The Rural Clinical School's aim is to build the workforce in rural areas," she said.
"So we're really proud that Toowoomba Hospital has interns that are heading out into rural areas to be doctors out there."