BALLARAT school students will travel to Sydney in July for a one-day workshop exposing them to the medical profession.
Students from St Patrick’s College, Damascus College, Ballarat Grammar School and Ballarat Christian College received the University of Notre Dame scholarship, which is given to rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
St Patrick’s College year 11 student Kelsey Gannon said he hoped the day would give him an insight into what being a medical student would be like.
He said that since early last year he has been considering pursuing a career in medicine.
“I’ve been discussing it with my family,” Kelsey said.
“My dad is a psychologist and I’m really interested in the brain, so I’m thinking about neuroscience, but I’d have to study medicine first.”
The students will attend lectures and tutorials by medical staff and students on topics that are central to a medical degree.
The students will also be able to participate in medical activities, such as suturing, plastering, resuscitation skills and medical examination.
They will also be taken on a tour of the Notre Dame university campus.
The University of Notre Dame has a clinical school based at St John of God hospital in Ballarat, in Bailey’s Mansion, where some of its students spend their final year studying.
Recipients of the scholarship met at St John of God on Wednesday to learn about the partnership.
The university also has clinical schools at Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Wagga.