I’m Katie Garsia, a 5th Year Medical Student from Western Sydney University in Australia.
This year I have taken up long distance ocean swimming. I love the enthusiastic Australian community around long-distance ocean swimming.
Here’s a little bit more about me!
So, why medicine? Who or what inspired you to go to Medical School?
Quite a few of my family members work in healthcare, so rare diseases have been a frequent feature in dinner time conversations for my whole life. I've always found medicine really fascinating, especially the investigative and problem-solving aspects of it, as well as the opportunity to work and provide care to such a diverse range of people and communities.
What’s been your highlight so far in Medical School?
Doing a rural year of placement with 16 of my friends in Lismore! I've also had some awesome overseas opportunities gaining medical experience in Nepal, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
How do you learn/ study best?
Small group teaching tutorials, and towards the end of my degree, consolidating knowledge with group study teaching sessions with my friends (and compulsory tea and cookies). I also really like quizzing myself on online MCQ platforms and past exam questions.
Aside from medicine, what are you passionate about?
I'm pretty passionate about environmental sustainability, and I love spending time doing a bunch of different adventurous activities such as skiing, hiking, scuba diving and ocean swimming.
Why did you enter the ClinicalKey Global Challenge?
I thought it seemed like a pretty unique challenge and I like that it focused on both clinical knowledge and teamwork and leadership.
If we asked your friends/ family to describe you in three words what would they be?
Busy, messy, adventurous
Grey’s Anatomy or ER
Check out my winning video submission!
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