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Mark Hassall

2012 Rhodes Scholar Mark Hassall has only just completed his medical degree but already has his eyes set on becoming a leader in Indigenous health. He will study for a Masters in Global Health Science when he attends Oxford University next year.

Name: Mark Hassall

Degree:
Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) 2009
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 2012

Details of any scholarships received/awarded?
John Flynn Scholarship Scheme 2006
Order of Australia Association Foundation Scholarship 2010
Rhodes Scholarship (South Australia) 2012

How have these scholarships helped you achieve your goals?
The John Flynn Scholarship Scheme (JFSS) provided funding for me to experience medical practice in remote outback Australia for a fortnight every year for four years. My exposure to the challenges and excitement of isolated medicine was a huge change from the metropolitan hospitals of my normal studies.
The Order of Australia scholarship helped me pay for the significant costs associated with studying such a long course, including textbooks, professional development, HECS fees and some living expenses.  I was also very fortunate to use the funds to complete medical electives as hospitals in the US and the UK.

What have you been doing since graduation?
I have just completed my medical degree and will be working as a junior doctor at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide during 2013, before pursuing my career goals further in Oxford in 2014 through the Rhodes Scholarship.

Why choose University of Adelaide to study?
The University of Adelaide has a reputation as an excellent Australian university and the medical school is very well regarded for the quality of its course and the calibre of its graduates. Equally importantly, the central location of the University in the city, coupled with its affordable and supportive residential colleges, university scholarships and cheap costs of living in Adelaide makes life financially and logistically easier as a student.

What were the best parts of your degree at the University of Adelaide?
Travelling overseas to the UK with the support of a scholarship during my final year of medical school and completing exciting medical electives in Intensive Care and Neurosurgery at hospitals in Cambridge and Oxford.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities?
There is a rich array of student societies at the university and the Adelaide Medical Students’ Society (http://amss.org.au) and Insight Global Health Group (http://www.insight-health.org.au) were two fantastic student organisations that I contributed to over the years. They arrange a constant stream of events, parties, extra lectures, concerts, plays and fundraisers on the student calendar and I made some very close friends through my involvement.

What were your lecturers and tutors like?
The Medical School has some outstanding teachers who are not only entertaining lecturers but who have developed a high-quality curriculum for students. A number of these staff have received teaching citations and awards in the last few years, including national teaching awards from the Australian Medical Students Association.

Apart from your academic qualification, how did your experience at the University of Adelaide shape you as a person?
The adventure of moving away from home in Canberra and into Lincoln College (http://www.lincoln.edu.au) was one of the highlights of university because it was such a novelty to be living independently from my family. The culture and atmosphere of the residential colleges are very supportive and a lot of fun for someone new to Adelaide and looking to meet some new faces. I think that experience really made me grow up but also helped settle me into Adelaide.

Advice to incoming students to gain the most from their time at university
Staying at a residential college is a lot of fun and for those new students coming from the country or interstate, I highly recommend it. Get involved in one or two of the huge array of extra curricular groups that the university has to offer. They make life much richer and you’ll likely make some new friends.

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