Governor of NSW to open Notre Dame Medical Clinical School at Hawkesbury

21/02/2011

The Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO, will officially open the Hawkesbury Clinical School of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine on Friday 25 February.

Students from the School’s Sydney Campus will be welcomed at the official opening as the second cohort of students attending the Hawkesbury Clinical School at Hawkesbury District Health Service (HDHS) in Windsor.

The new School is part of an innovative partnership between the University and HDHS, providing education and training for medical students in a clinical setting.

Twenty-eight 3rd and 4th Year students will be completing the clinical stage of the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery. They will spend the next 12 months at Hawkesbury Hospital gaining vital clinical experience.

Head of the Hawkesbury Clinical School, Associate Professor Sachint Lal, said part of the School’s mission is to prepare doctors for different areas of health care and provide them with a holistic community experience.

“Our students have completed two pre-clinical years of the graduate course at Notre Dame. They are enthusiastic, keen, committed to learning and being involved with the local community,” Associate Professor Lal said.

Third Year student Gordon Lau is looking forward to his term at Hawkesbury Hospital and gaining further practical experience in dealing with patients.

“This year promises to be a very exciting one. Our clinical placements offer the kind of integrated theory and clinical practice approach that the School has emphasised," Mr Lau said.

"It’s so good to be seeing real patients, instead of just  friends pretending to be patients.”

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