Kerby Siemsen wearing a white coat and adjusting a drip bagSeptember 2015

Kerby Siemsen - Bachelor of Medicine Joint Medical Program (JMP)

I am a Wiradjuri woman and I grew up in Weethalle NSW. I am currently studying medicine at the University of New England in Armidale. For a long time I didn’t know what I wanted to do in life. I’ve travelled all over the country working in shearing sheds wool classing and rousabouting… it was some lifestyle, but

one day I woke up and decided it’s time to get qualified and get a career.

I enrolled in the Certificate III in Tertiary Preparation at TAFE, this is like year 12 and gave me the skills I needed to get into uni. I did surprisingly well and this got me early entry into Bachelor of Clinical Science at Charles Sturt University in Orange, NSW.

I worked hard while doing the Bachelor of Clinical Science and this got me the grades I needed to apply for medicine. I applied to two universities that offered medicine… I was accepted into both. I chose to go to Armidale as a location to study in the Joint Medical Program. I liked the idea of studying medicine in a rural environment. I have always been a country girl and will stay one.

My goal for what I want to achieve with my degree is helping those who are disadvantaged in rural communities.

I want to be able provide quality healthcare to rural people as it’s often hard to come by in some places. Being able to achieve this has been a dream since I started University.

I am currently in my 3rd year of the JMP course about to head into 4th year. So far my time in the course had been wonderful. The course involves a lot of practical. The practical aspects are amazing. I've learnt so much from the experience. It has been a highlight.