Astronaut. Wrestler. Race car driver. Brain surgeon.
How many of us grow up to be the very thing we dreamed about being when we were little?
Ilycia Wutami did.
“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, from the age of 3 or 4 years old,” she said. “I even used to love going to the doctor. I guess I was a weird kid…”
Weird though she may have been, it was a dream that never left her.
But growing up in Indonesia, Ilycia’s education pathway to becoming a doctor would mean having to leave home to study elsewhere.
“I left Indonesia when I was 16 to come to Australia to study,” she said. “My family supported me. They wanted me to succeed. But, of course, that meant moving away from home, and not getting to see my parents very often.”
She would be the first in her family to study medicine.
After many years of study and personal sacrifice, Ilycia’s dream is now being realised – having completed her medical degree Ilycia stepped into the hallways of Bairnsdale Regional Health Service last month as one of 5 new medical interns.
Like anyone beginning a new job, Ilycia’s first days as an intern in the Emergency Dept. have been a mixture of nerves, excitement, and a wide-eyed energy to take it all in.
“Actually being in the ED, you learn so much,” she said.
Echoing the experiences of our other medical interns and graduate nurses, Ilycia said the doctors and staff of BRHS had made her feel “very supported,” and she was grateful they were so willing to make time for her education and learning out of their own busy schedules.
In regional areas like East Gippsland, shortages of quality doctors and nurses is always a concern.
And so keeping the training pipeline open for young doctors-to-be like Ilycia Wutami to come to BRHS is vitally important to the future of our communities here.
Congratulations Ilycia, and to the other interns taking their first steps on a long and meaningful career.