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Med. student's shire tour

First-year graduate medical student Matthew Wride is getting a back stage view of the medical fraternity in the Finley area.

December 12, 2013 4:15am

Medical student Matthew Wride (right) with paramedic David Burton.

Mr Wride’s two-week visit is sponsored by Berrigan Shire Council and the Country Women’s Association, as part of a program to highlight the advantages of being a doctor in rural areas.

The University of Sydney student will finish his two-week tour this Friday.

He said he had enjoyed his rural stay so far and has more planned in his last few days.

‘‘I have been with the community health team, Regional Care and HACC services, the ambulance service and even the vet clinic’’ he said.

‘‘I really like it (in Berrigan Shire).

‘‘Everyone is friendly and really happy to show me around.

‘‘It (the program) is not something we had to do, but coming to rural communities is definitely encouraged.

‘‘I think I would come back to a rural community. It is hard to make the decision after just one year of study though – it is important to keep an open mind.’’

Mr Wride has just completed his the first year of the graduate medical program and completed an undergraduate degree at Deakin University in Geelong before that.

The 24 year-old said he has a backing in science and chemistry, and that medicine had always intrigued him.

He said his studies have so far been rewarding.

‘‘I wanted to do something which gave me a worthwhile job, and medicine had always interested me.

‘‘Now that I am studying I am pleased with my decision and it has been a pleasure.’’

Berrigan Shire was among 18 rural councils who joined with the CWA in sponsoring the medical student’s visit.

The students undertake placement as part of the NSW Rural Doctors Network commitment to attracting health professionals to the bush.

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