A GROWING reputation for academic excellence, top practical skills and a good lifestyle are drawing more Deakin University Medical School students to choose Warrnambool for their final two years of study.
The Warrnambool clinical school’s 2013 intake of 20 students was this week welcomed to the city by Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh.
Among them was Tyson Moore, 28, from Brisbane, who said one of the reasons he chose the Warrnambool medical school ahead of Deakin’s Melbourne, Geelong or Ballarat schools was because of the top marks achieved by previous students at Warrnambool.
Mr Moore said he had heard the school had great teachers with lots of one-on-one tuition.
Bec Meltzer, 24, said a big attraction of the Warrnambool school was the large amount of time that students spent working on hospital wards.
“I’ve just started a rotation in the paediatric ward and I’m loving that,” she said.
Another member of this year’s intake, Maja Christensen, said she chose the Warrnambool school because the Warrnambool Base Hospital, where the clinical school was located, was very welcoming.
She said all the teachers seemed to love their role and Warrnambool’s seaside location was another plus.
The school’s director, Associate Professor Barry Morphett, said five of the 40 doctors who trained at the Warrnambool school were presently working in the city. The school was opened in 2008 with the aim of training medical students in rural areas in the hope they would stay on and reduce the shortage of country doctors.