The journey from Science to Medicine


Maryam Eghtedari is a first year medical student at the University of Sydney. Maryam graduated from Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with majors in Anatomy and Neuroscience in 2016.

Studying at Sydney Science was full of invaluable academic and personal experiences. It feels as though it was very recently when I started my first year at university with subjects such as maths, physics, chemistry and biology. The first year of science at Sydney is mainly focused on making the transition to university studies and getting an idea about the scientific areas that students are interested in. There is a wide range of interesting subjects offered in second year, which makes choosing amongst them pleasantly difficult! I chose topics such as anatomy, biochemistry and physiology and a Talented Student Program (TSP) project in cardiology at the Charles Perkins Centre. I profoundly enjoy learning about the human anatomy and the complexity of our brain, and therefore completed a double major in neuroscience and anatomy in my third year, which included TSP projects at the Save Sight Institute and the Brain and Mind Centre.

Being a resident at The Women’s College during my university education has been a great privilege – I have benefited from a fantastic network of mentors and friends who have supported me in my academic and extracurricular activities. Getting involved in clubs and societies at university and college is a great way to learn about service and leadership in our community and has certainly helped me develop important skills, which are crucial for effective communication and teamwork on the wards in medicine.

My experiences in undergraduate years provided me with a great foundation to embark my medical career upon this year. It has been very challenging but also incredibly rewarding to be a medical student at Sydney University. We have five blocks during an academic calendar in year 1 and 2, each of which covers the clinical manifestations and pathophysiology of a different body system; for example the remaining blocks for the year are haematology and cardiology. I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn from expert clinicians and to speak with kind-hearted patients who generously donate their time for us to learn. It is also a highlight of the course to study alongside peers who come from all walks of life, and have backgrounds in various areas including arts, health policy, philosophy, law, music and research to name a few.

I am thrilled for the future of my degree – to study clinical medicine and to learn about ways that we can reduce the burden of diseases in our community. It has also been a pleasure to learn about the experiences and aspirations of my peers in the National Science Week blog this year. It is fascinating that we have all taken unique paths in our STEMM careers, which is a reflection of the breadth of opportunities available in science and the diversity of the future scientists of our country. I hope that through these blog series, we have played some small part in showcasing a portion of what this amazing discipline has to offer.



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