From over 3000 applicants, St Mark’s students Isobel McFarlane (first year MBBS) and Ashlee Nichol (second year MBBS) have been fortunate to receive a John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) Scholarship to represent The University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Medical School in eight weeks of rural placement over the next three years. JFPP is the only national rural placement program connecting medical students, doctors and communities throughout Australia and is a highly sought after opportunity for medical students.
Issy’s first preference is to return to her home state of Victoria to be mentored by some of Australia’s finest rural GPs and specialists. Ashlee, also from Victoria, has decided to put her first preference as Queensland where she will gain early exposure to rural clinical practice and the unique lifestyle that comes with it. This experience will be key for both students who seek to pursue a medical career in rural or remote Australia in the future.
With the chance to return to these areas multiple times over the next three years of the Program, both students will have the chance to create lasting connections with the people and the place. JFPP is a highly-regarded and respected program with a strong reputation for delivering positive rural experiences. Both Issy and Ashlee are extremely excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity and we look forward to sharing their stories.
In further success for St Mark’s medical students, Kate Jenkins (second year MBBS) has been successful in gaining a place on the upcoming Yalata Trip, one of only six students to be offered this opportunity in 2018. This experience provides students the opportunity to live and work in an indigenous community.