Future Doctors Program: Rossmoyne SHS students among 30 hand-picked participants


Bavithra Kannan and Yoopa Sangharaju.
Bavithra Kannan and Yoopa Sangharaju.

ROSSMOYNE Senior High School students Bavithra Kannan and Yoopa Sangharaju were among a contingent of students who participated in immersive medical workshops recently.

The students learnt how to suture a wound, scrub in for surgery and treat a fracture in a series of workshops designed to showcase what a career as a medical professional entails.

The pair, and Willetton Senior High School’s Mahima Balaji, were three of 30 hand-selected students from all over Australia who gathered at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research from 16 January for the Future Doctors Program, which is the first of its kind in Australia.

The students took part in a weeklong series of workshops and discussions and gave them the information to continue their journey from high school to becoming a medical professional.

The Apprentice Doctor runs the Future Doctors Program in selected countries around the world, but this is the first time it was offered on Australian soil.

Guest speakers throughout the week covered an array of topics including heart sounds and rates, the ethical aspects of medicine, and diagnosis of disease.

While the majority of the students in the program were from WA schools, several students travelled from other states for this unique opportunity.

Scitech offered this opportunity in collaboration with The Apprentice Doctor and Harry Perkins Medical Research Institute.