The annual Maybe Medicine Day was recently held at Dubbo's School of Rural Health to give young local students who are interested in a health career the chance to see what life is like as a doctor.
This is the fourth consecutive year the School of Rural Health has run the Maybe Medicine program, which hopes to get local young people from the region interested in studying to become a doctor.
It also offers a toolkit of resources and information about how to apply for a medical degree.
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The 13 high school students from Dubbo College heard from Dubbo GP Dr Paul Roth, who hails from Mudgee, Dr Bronwyn Hoogland and Dr Leanne Uren, about their experiences in studying medicine.
Dubbo School of Rural Health graduate Lise Kempler, who attended the Dubbo campus last year and who is completing the fourth year of her degree in Dubbo also spoke about her experiences.
Afterwards the students put on scrubs to head into the Clinical Skills Labs, where they performed CPR and resuscitation on Sim Man, a high-tech training mannequin, and learnt how to intubate a patient.
The skills session was led by Clinical Skills Educator Raelene Hutchison, who teaches medical students here at the SRH.
School of Rural Health community engagement officer and Maybe Medicine organiser Kath Naden said it was interesting to hear from the doctors who shared their own experiences of how they got into the field.
Ms Naden said research shows medical students from rural areas usually come back to regional and remote areas.
"At the start of the day some of them weren't too sure whether they wanted to go down the medicine career journey but at the end of the program they all had their hands up... and want to venture down medicine as a career option," she said.
"It just reassures and reaffirms what we're doing, this interactive, positive experience while they're in school is so important...."