Faculty of Health

Benjamin Dodds, Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery

Benjamin Dodds

"The facilities available to medical students at the University of Tasmania are world-class, and the doctors that lecture and tutor us are genuinely interested in helping students learn."

-Benjamin Dodds, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery

Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery

I decided to study medicine because it combines science, problem solving and interaction with people. I really enjoy learning about the human body and working with people from the community. For me, medicine has enabled me to pursue a career where I can make an instantaneous, direct and positive impact on someone's life.

I chose to study at the University of Tasmania because it has a great reputation with medical students around Australia. The facilities available to medical students at the University of Tasmania are world class, and the doctors that lecture and tutor us are genuinely interested in helping students learn and achieve our potential.

I have really enjoyed studying physiology of the human body and its clinical relevance to society, but my highlight so far has been my placement experience through the Regional Communities Placement program in the North-West coast of Tasmania. During this placement, I was given the opportunity to talk to hospital patients, look at the different facets of medicine and learn about some of the health barriers that exist in regional and rural communities.

When I graduate I hope to work in rural medicine. I come from a semi-rural background and I can see the importance of health professionals in rural areas. I am committed to providing health services to regional areas of Australia and reducing the stress that is in the current healthcare system.

If I could say one thing to a prospective student, it would be the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery course at the University of Tasmania is challenging and requires dedication, but it is thoroughly enjoyable. The University of Tasmania has fantastic facilities and motivated staff, and it really is a rewarding course to study.