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Naima Khan - Physiotherapist

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1. Why did you choose your degree programme, and what made you enrol at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) to study?
I tagged along with a friend on her work experience at Middlemore hospitals. She was set on becoming a physiotherapist and I was still trying to figure out what I wanted. By the end if the 2 week work experience, I'd fallen in love with what physio’s did and how they helped people and helped to improve their quality of living. I met a physio during the experience and she was an Otago graduate, I think she’ll be the one that actually convinced me on the BIG move. For my final year placement I chose UOW because I'd heard about the excellent support they had through a friend who also did their final year in wellington.

2. What did you enjoy most about your degree programme (e.g. your favourite courses, use of any facilities or resources fieldwork, labs, work placements, electives etc.)?
Hands down my favourite part of the whole programme would have to be the clinical placements. It was all about learning on the job and learning from some of the best physiotherapists around.

3. What are you doing post-graduation?
I’m currently working at a Private practice in Auckland and in my spare time I look after a Rugby league team, Richmond Rovers.

4. What was it like living and studying through UOW? How do you think it benefited your studies?
Wellington is definitely different to studying in Otago. Everything, ISN'T student friendly. But you adapt fast and I can now say that Wellington is one of my favourite cities.

5. Did you use any of UOW’s support or welfare services (e.g. Library, Student Learning Advisor, Assoc. Dean Pacific’s office)? How did they help?
I used the library, probably not as much as I would have liked it to. I could find all the resources I need. And if I couldn’t the library staff was always around to help you find it or order it in. it definitely helped me with my research paper and took that added stress off. Nandika was amazing, she was constantly checking up on you and making sure you were okay and always asking if I needed help with anything. The occasional coffee catch ups were all I needed, someone to talk to and take the stress off.

6. Is there anything else you would like to add about your experiences at UOW?
I have nothing but praises for UOW, it’s a small intimate campus and you end up knowing everyone. It’s like another home away from home. And the staff there are amazing.

Victoria Dol - House Surgeon

Victoria-Dol_profile1. Why did you choose your degree programme, and what made you enrol at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) to study?
I chose to do medicine because it has been a dream of mine since age 9. I have always wanted to be a doctor and think it is the most amazing job. You get to play an incredibly privileged role in a persons life - you are seeing people when they are sick, scared, anxious and when they are feeling most vulnerable and you get to help make them better and help restore a sense of dignity and humanity and comfort to them. It is simply awesome. Also, there are so many areas that you can specialise in and having a medical degree just opens up doors and possibilities; gives you influence to be a force of good in your city and community and beyond!

I chose UOW after my 5th year (so,did my TI year here) because this is my home and where I wanted to work as a house surgeon. It has all worked out perfectly.

2. What did you enjoy most about your degree programme (e.g. your favourite courses, use of any facilities or resources fieldwork, labs, work placements, electives etc.)?
I really loved my theory years to be honest (2nd n 3rd year) it was awesome to finally learn all the things I’ve always wanted to learn. Theory years were rich in opportunities to gain exciting knowledge and to start learning clinical skills. Practical years were great too - these years help to bring purpose and shape to all the theory. And the best part about theory years is you get to be with patients! And literally learn how to be a doctor!

3. What are you doing post-graduation?
Working as a house surgeon at Hutt hospital and loving it!

4. What was it like living and studying through UOW? How do you think it benefited your studies?
Wellington is home so it was great studying in a city I already knew and loved. Everything is easy to get to in welly. Because I knew I wanted to stay in Wellington for house surgeon years it has been great already being familiar with the city and hospitals.

5. Did you use any of UOW’s support or welfare services (e.g. Library, Student Learning Advisor, Assoc. Dean Pacific’s office)? How did they help?
Yes! Nandika our wonderful pacific support person here in wellington was a continual voice of encouragement and source of support for anything any of us were going through.

“Our pacific students deserve the best of everything – I’d give them the world, if I could.” is something she has told me on numerous occassions.

It was lovely having such a warm and supportive advocate at med school.

6. Is there anything else you would like to add about your experiences at UOW?
Come to Wellington! ;)