Neurosurgeon Calms Nervous Students

Thursday 31 March, 2011

Medical students should be optimistic and open-minded about their professional prospects, according to Dr. Raoul Pope. Dr. Pope was the guest at the inaugural Medicine Faculty Dinner for 2011 on March 29.

In his talk to students after dinner, Dr. Pope said that students should not worry too much if they don't have a clear idea of what field of medicine they wish to practice in the future.

"People tend to find or fall in to what they want to be doing, although they take different paths to get there."

Dr. Pope, a neurosurgeon, spoke of his own experience working overseas and in rural NSW, and of his eventual decision to pursue neurosurgery after dabbling in other surgical specialties. He currently has rooms at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney.

He told students that despite the medico-legal and other challenges facing doctors, it remains an overwhelmingly satisfying professional path.

Dr. Pope also said that the MBBS program qualifies students for a range of careers outside of medicine, should they choose to explore this option later on.

"Make sure you finish the degree, it is a passport to a world of possibilities" he said.

Dr. Pope talk was attended by 25 medical students at the College. A gallery of photos from the event can be viewed here.

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