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Former student takes the road less travelled to complete studies

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To get where he is, Jacob Poller (2010) took the road less travelled.

His career pathway to become a doctor has been circuitous but despite obstacles and challenges, he has succeeded. It is these insights and wisdom which Jacob recently shared with Bunbury Grammar students when he returned to the School as part of the Medical and Allied Health Pathway Program.

Jacob initially commenced medical studies in 2011 but unfortunately struggled in his second year and made the decision to complete a Bachelor of Science with an Engineering Major.

“Despite the setback I had a continued desire to become a doctor,” Jacob said.

After he completed his Bachelor of Science, he reentered medical studies at UWA and completed his Doctor of Medicine before starting work recently as a medical intern at Bunbury Regional Hospital.

According to Jacob, the journey to becoming a doctor is long and his advice to future doctors is to enjoy the ride.

“You must enjoy the journey on this rewarding pathway. It is likely it will throw new obstacles and challenges in your way but through overcoming the adversity, it will enable you to develop as a person and assist you in becoming a better medical professional,” he advised.

Jacob has been one of the numerous health professionals assisting with the Medical and Allied Health Pathway Program at Bunbury Grammar. He choose to participate in the Program to assist students with career pathways and to demonstrate that perseverance is essential to success.

“There are many people who seek to study medicine but there are only a limited number of medical spaces available,” he said.

His advice to students is to understand the different options to studying medicine in Western Australia: through the direct route from school straight into a medical undergraduate program and a more indirect route through another degree and special exams.

“Both pathways finish at the same place and if students do not get directly into medical school from secondary school, they should not be disheartened if it is truly their ambition.

“I have met 45 year-old medical students who have gone on to become great doctors. People like this demonstrate that if you have the determination and desire to become a doctor, you can achieve this goal,” he concluded.

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