Friday, 28 October 2016

Bendigo hosts clinical skills weekend

A group of 30 young Monash medical students from Melbourne were given “hands-on” experience at a clinical skills weekend in Bendigo. Organised by students from the WILDFIRE Bendigo subcommittee at Monash Rural Health Bendigo, the weekend is held annually by the student-run rural and Indigenous health Club.

WILDFIRE member and fourth year medical student, Tiffany Tie, said a full weekend involved sessions in the simulation lab and workshops.“The students practised some hands-on skills such as putting in IV cannulas (drips) and put their basic life support skills to the test in workshops run by senior Bendigo lecturer Adele Callaghan,” Tiffany said. “Well respected Bendigo Health radiologist, Dr Damien Cleeve, gave an X-ray interpretation tutorial.”

Tiffany said other MRH volunteers and local junior doctors also assisted with the program. “Our WILDFIRE Bendigo members organised accommodation and meals which were included in ticket prices which makes the weekend very affordable,” she said. “The event is really popular with the first and second year medical students. It gives them exposure to the great program run here at MRH Bendigo.  Hopefully they will enjoy their experience so much that they will decide to continue their medical studies here in the future.”

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