SEVEN years of purposeful essay writing and studying for exams sounds like an academic marathon, but medical student Odette Rodda doesn’t mind the challenge.
Ms Rodda has long had her heart set on becoming an orthopaedic surgeon and her efforts have been rewarded.
The final-year Deakin University Warrnambool medical student has been selected to attend a national workshop in Adelaide focused on her specialised area of interest later this year.
Ms Rodda said the week-long workshop would include lectures and practical exercises, such as knee replacement workshops.
“I come from a family with a nursing background and always thought I’d like to work as a paramedic or something in the medical field,” the 26-year-old said.
Ms Rodda already holds a bachelor of emergency health from Monash University and decided to further her medical studies by signing up to the Deakin post-graduate program.
Orthopaedic expert Alasdair Sutherland recommended Ms Rodda take part in the seminar because of her interest and evident skills.
Deakin University’s medical educator Brendan Condon said Ms Rodda’s interest in the field meant she was the first choice to take part in the December workshop out of the medical school’s 130 students.
“Odette has shown a real enthusiasm and aptitude for orthopaedic work so it makes sense that she’s involved in the workshop,” Dr Condon said.