The first three students to complete the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree through The University of Western Australia's Broadway access program committed to the Hippocratic Oath at the weekend (Saturday 22 November).
Kimberley Chung, Sarah Kingston and Amy Lee are all former Kingsway College students from Darch, in Perth's northern suburbs.
The challenging journey from high school student with an uncertain future to university-educated adult starting life as a medical professional is thanks largely to Broadway School Leaver Pathway.
Students accessing The University of Western Australia via the Broadway Pathway come from identified outer metropolitan schools that traditionally have not sent students to university, let alone medicine.
The Broadway School Leaver Pathway, one of many under the banner Aspire UWA, works with these schools and students are actively engaged during their high school years. They are then mentored throughout their medical or other Bachelor's degree.
Kimberley Chung says that Broadway allowed her to broaden her experience and realise her potential, and now she wants to give back.
"UWA and Broadway stimulated and encouraged my interest in medical science, by supporting me throughout my degree," she said.
"I would like to improve the health of my patients and be a positive influence in the community. If given the opportunity, I would like to tutor younger medical students and encourage them through their studies."
As part of its equity program, the UWA Medical School also graduated five Indigenous students and 44 rural students (from 23 WA rural towns) this year - the largest number of indigenous and rural background doctors ever to graduate in a single year.
Sue Pougnault (UWA Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 4851 / (+61 4) 19 174 860
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