Northern suburbs schools put medical careers in spotlight with Future Doctors Program


Monique Leonard, Chloe Walker, Mia Di Costa and Manys Al-alyawy got an insight into medical careers at the workshops.
Monique Leonard, Chloe Walker, Mia Di Costa and Manys Al-alyawy got an insight into medical careers at the workshops.

HIGH school students learnt how to suture a wound, scrub in for surgery and treat a fracture in a series of workshops recently.

The Future Doctors Program workshops showed students what a career as a medical professional could entail at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (HPIMR) in mid-January.

Monique Leonard, from Mindarie Senior College, Chloe Walker (Warwick Senior High School), Mia Di Costa (Perth Waldorf School) and Manys Al-alyawy (Butler College) were among 30 students from around Australia taking part in the program.

“Studying medicine is a big commitment and entry is very competitive,” program director and guest speaker Anton Scheepers said.

“This program gives students a taste of what to expect at medical school and they gain practical skills they can use in their careers.”

Run by Scitech with The Apprentice Doctor and HPIMR, the program saw students take part in a week-long series of workshops and discussions and gave them information about becoming a medical professional.

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