Medical students call Pirie home

Rural school coordinator, David Mills, left, Renee Santoreneos, Sarveshinee Pillay, Jyothirmaye Kuppa, Emma Adams, Eleanor Hobbs and Mayor John Rohde at the mayoral reception for medical students who are spending time here.
Rural school coordinator, David Mills, left, Renee Santoreneos, Sarveshinee Pillay, Jyothirmaye Kuppa, Emma Adams, Eleanor Hobbs and Mayor John Rohde at the mayoral reception for medical students who are spending time here.

PORT Pirie is now temporary home to five new medical students after they were welcomed at a mayoral reception.

The residents, all women, are fifth year students of the Adelaide University medical program and have all chosen Port Pirie at which to spend their year.

They cited the city as a great place to learn a broad program in the country while still being close to Adelaide, an advantage that Pirie has over other country centres.

“It is a really exciting adventure and we are looking forward to spending a year here and immersing ourselves in the culture,” said Renee Santoreneos who moved from Adelaide.

The fifth year of university is important  for medical students, as it culminates with exams which must be passed to continue into their chosen professions.

“They undertake an integrated learning program. They get lots of one-on-one mentoring which is why they get so good,” said David Mills, who runs the rural schools for the university     

Sarveshinee Pillay and Jyothirmaye Kuppa also come from Adelaide and it is the Adelaide girls’ first time living away from home. Fellow fifth-year students, Emma Adams and Eleanor Hobbs, have been friends since attending school together in Melbourne and are looking forward to working together here.

The girls have been settling in well and already have plans to join some of the city’s many sports teams, with netball, hockey, badminton and even rowing all potentially having new recruits.

“Port Pirie has been very friendly so far and we’re settling in well,” Miss Adams said. “If you see us in the street, come and say ‘hi’!”