Elective in the land down under

My Valentine’s day was filled with the excitement of receiving my acceptance letter to carry out my elective at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital in Australia. After waiting (for a really long time), I was finally given the good news of being able to do my placement within obstetrics and gynaecology at this hospital. As you can imagine, I was over the moon when I heard that I got the place.

My uncle, aunty and cousins have a beautiful home in Brisbane and I am so excited to go and visit them. We are basically taking this elective period as a holiday as my mum and sister are also joining me so it is going to be a lot of fun when we go out there.

My instincts have been telling me that I should have looked for a placement in a developing country as that is what I want to ultimately do. However as a student, I also have to think about the cost of things and if I was to go through a company, I would end up spending way more than what I can afford!

The perks of going to Brisbane include not having to pay for accommodation/food/travel and I am pretty sure that my family would want to do a lot of travelling. Something which I am also hoping to do myself at the end of my elective period. I will also be in a hospital that solely caters for the needs of women which will mean that the placement will not just feel like work but I will also thoroughly enjoy myself!

In the meantime, I have a lot of documents to sort out prior to full confirmation of my place on top of revising for my mock exams so I have an exciting few weeks up ahead of me…


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