Dr Anna Malan - 2012 graduate
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2012 graduate Dr Anna Malan tells of the difference the AMA Queensland Foundation bursary made for her.
Having the AMA Queensland Foundation scholarship was a blessing. I moved from Cairns to Townsville straight from high school. In the first three years, I temped as a secretary during holidays, saving for the term costs. My parents were already under financial pressure supporting my brother at uni.
After third year, I realised the need to use semester breaks to rejuvenate so that I was fresh for another year of dedicated study. Without the scholarship, I don’t doubt I would have had to take a year off to earn enough to support my studies.
Instead the bursary helped pay for textbooks, rent and medical equipment.
I’ve been based in Mackay for the last two years of my studies, with rural rotations in Proserpine and Sarina. Being a smaller hospital than Townsville, Mackay has been a fantastic learning environment and all the doctors are wonderful teachers, willing to have us there.
I’ll do my internship at Mackay Base Hospital and plan to follow the Rural Generalist Pathway , undergo an advanced specialist training year in anaesthetics and pursue a career in rural health. I look forward to my future career as a doctor!