A Day in the Life: University of Queensland Medical Student

(electronic hip hop music) – Hi, my name’s Tom, and I’m a fourth year medical student at the University of Queensland. And welcome to the Great Court. The Great Court is the
spiritual and traditional heart of the University of Queensland, and as you can see, it is a really great place to be. Surrounded by the beautiful sandstone, cloisters and facade of the
original foundation buildings of the university is such a great place to really connect with the university. So many memories and great times I had in the Great Court here. (electronic hip hop music) My journey into medicine started when I was in grade 10 in high school. I had a bit of a mindset shift and knew that I wanted to do something where I was working with people and making a real difference. So with the subject that I was studying, I decided that medicine was for me. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful in gaining entry to medical school as a direct applicant from high school. So I enrolled in a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, and sat the GAMSAT exam. And I was very fortunate enough to perform quite well on that exam, and made my way as a post-graduate student into the Doctor of Medicine at UQ. I’m not in my final year of the program, and I’ve had such an amazing time here. Some of the reasons why I chose the University of Queensland where for its reputation in Australia, but also globally as well. It’s one of the universities
that has had a medical school for almost its entire inception. And the tradition and the
way of teaching medicine has really strong roots in tradition, but is also in the
forefront of innovation, which is a really great
mix as a medical student. Public transport in Brisbane’s
really great as well. The hospitals as well as
all the major universities are all connected by really, really good
busway infrastructure, which means that you can be at the PA
hospital seeing patients, and 10 minutes later, a short bus ride, you can be back on the main UQ campus to meet up with friends, grab a movie, or play some sport with
your mates as well. (electronic dance music) Welcome to the Princess
Alexandria Hospital. PA Hospital is the second-largest
hospital in Queensland, and the second-largest clinical school for the University of
Queensland medical program. As a final year student
here at PA Hospital, I’m here Monday to Friday, and I usually start my
day at about 7:30 a.m., just in time for morning ward round. The role of a medical
student in your final year is all about getting hands on and practicing your clinical skills. That means talking to patients, seeing patients in your own clinic rooms, and following your senior doctors and learning the skills
necessary to be a junior doctor. (electronic dance music) This is the Translational
Research Institute, or the TRI for short. And all years of the medical program are actually taught from this location. Depending on where you’re
allocated in your first year, you can either be here at the TRI, the Royal Brisbane Clinical
School across the river, or at the Mater Clinical School at the Mater Hospital as well. This facility is such an amazing blend of teaching, research, and
clinical application as well. It’s so close to the hospital, just 50 meters or so away. The medical program at UQ
is split into two phases. Phase one, which is
the pre-clinical years, where you’re mostly
experiencing class types such as lectures, tutorials, and workshops on basic clinical
knowledge, clinical skills, and clinical procedures as well. And then there’s phase two, which is the clinical years. This is where you’re actually
spending all of your time in either a hospital or a primary
care clinical environment. And you’ll be actually
with practicing doctors, seeing real patients, and getting to apply the
knowledge you’ve learnt from phase one of the medical program and develop your skills and
knowledge in that respect. The other really great thing is that at the TRI building here, we have access to the Integrated
Pathology Learning Center, which allows us to have
firsthand access to real pathological specimens, which sounds gross but it’s really cool, and it’s a great way to a access what we’re seeing, but at a more microscopic
and histological level. So it’s kind of cool to be
able to correlate the pathology that you see in a glass bottle, maybe a heart that has
suffered a heart attack from a real patient some years ago, and actually see that same case or a similar case in the hospital and be able to compare and contrast the disease process, the pathology, and then think about
ways that we can prevent those sorts of diseases
and those disease processes from happening in patients
that we see and that we treat. (electronic dance music) The Global Change Institute
is one of those buildings that’s just really cool. It’s one of the only buildings on campus that is 100% energy sustainable. That is, it captures and creates all of its own water and energy, and also disposes and treats
its own waste as well. It’s also a really cool place to hang out, study, and
chill with your mates. There’s a beautiful tranquil
waterfall in the background, and a nice living green wall, and it’s a great backdrop
to some down time or just to study. (electronic dance music) One of the most memorable experiences that I’ve had in medical school actually happened earlier this year. I was in my intensive care unit rotation at the PA Hospital here in Brisbane, and I was actually called
upon for the very first time to perform CPR, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, on an elderly gentleman who
was having a cardiac arrest. Of course, this is a skill
that we practice in simulation and on mannequins many times
as junior medical students, but actually performing that skill and sort of that activity on a real life patient, who, you know, condition was
in the brink of life and death, was really a touching moment. Unfortunately, this patient
succumbed to his illness, and we weren’t able to revive him. But I was really, you know, taken aback and really, you know, in awe of the work of the medical and nursing
and allied health staff who were involved in that that code, as we call it
in the hospital wards. And despite the patient not
making it through the other end, I was really happy and really
humbled by the intense effort of all those involved to try
and revive this gentleman. And it’s really sort of humbling to know that despite all of the
advances in modern medicine that we have achieved over the last 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 years, that sometimes life will
just take its natural course and there’s nothing that
we as doctors or as humans can do to prevent that. So, yeah, thinking and reflecting on situations of life and death is really, really interesting as a final year medical student. And this experience
has definitely given me really strong grounding and a really sort of humbling
view of life and death. (mellow electronic music) There’s more to medical school than just lectures,
studying, and tutorials, and being at the hospital the whole time. Fortunately for me, in my
four years at medical school, I’ve been involved in the
UQ Medical Student Society. And to be honest, this has
just made medical school such an amazing and fun experience. The UQMS, as it’s more
affectionately known as, are responsible for
organizing academic, social, and sporting events for medical students all across Brisbane, regardless of which hospital you’re at. We have welcome parties, we have social events for each year level, and for integrating year levels. We have a huge sports day
at the start of every year, where we all have a lot of
fun down at a local park. We dress up in scrubs, and we get up to a little
bit of mischief as well. The other great part about the UQMS is the support that they
provide for students and the advocacy that they provide for the medical faculty itself so that as students in our medical program is the best that it can be, and it’s constantly being improved. (mellow electronic music) So if you enjoyed this video, and would like to hear more about the top medical schools across
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