Anita Scholz and Shade McClymont are the new medical students at Kincraig Medical Clinic, who have joined us from Flinders University as part of their The Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC) program.
Shade originally came from Cairns, and attended high school and university in Adelaide. Anita grew up in Port Lincoln before moving to Adelaide for her tertiary studies.
"My first preference was to come down here," Anita said about her decision to study medicine at Naracoorte, or the Greater Green Triangle (GGT) region.
"Two years ago, current students got a chat about the pros and cons of each site," explained Shade.
(Other sites within the program include the Riverland, the Barossa Valley, and Hills/Mallee/Fleurieu/Kangaroo Island).
"Naracoorte stood out to us, because it's a small community, and there's a unique relationship between the clinic and the hospital," he said.
"It's not often that you get to follow the patients straight through at every stage," said Anita.
"And you get to have one-on-one time with the doctors."
Anita and Shade have been in the region for five weeks, having spent their first week in Mount Gambier before being based in Naracoorte. They still go down to Mount Gambier once a week.
"It's been great to be at a site without other students and interns, because that way we don't have to compete for attention when we want to learn from other doctors and specialists! The Kincraig Medical Clinic have done well to get specialists here," Anita said.
Anita and Shade have been getting involved in the community through sport. Anita has joined the Kybybolite netball team. Shade used to play hockey in Adelaide, and is looking forward to joining a local team. He also enjoys running and cycling. Both of them have recently signed up to the local gym, Naracoorte Health and Fitness.
Anita is also in the process of finding a church to affiliate herself with.
At the Clinic, both of them are focusing on learning as much as possible.
"I knew I wanted to be a rural general practitioner at some stage, but it's good to see options, and to have variety in our job," Anita said.
"But we can't do it without the patients, they're a massive part of our teaching. Everyone that we've seen has been so patient with us, to let us in, and to practice out skills."
"Naracoorte has been one of the most friendly and welcoming communities I've been to," Shade said.
"The netball girls have been great, and so many people here tell me, "you'll love it!" about living in Naracoorte. It's really nice," Anita said.
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