Stephanie Gederts in her placement at the Condamine Medical Centre.
Stephanie Gederts in her placement at the Condamine Medical Centre. Sean Teuma

Future doctor out to make a difference

WHEN Stephanie Gederts was five-years-old she wanted to become a nurse.

She didn't know women could become doctors until her grandmother informed her.

Since then, Miss Gederts mind has been set on fulfilling that dream, and is why she said she wants to be able to inspire the future generation.

"A lot of doctors have inspired me, and I hope to be one of those,” she said.

"I would love if a little girl or boy came in and was inspired.

"I want to encourage them to follow their dreams.”

The next step of Miss Gederts' journey to becoming a doctor is currently taking place in the Rose City.

She is completing a seven-week placement at the Condamine Medical Centre in her final year of university studies, an experience she has enjoyed to date.

"It has been really good. I didn't realise how busy it was,” she said.

"Dr Hudson has involved me with things such as watching him treat patients, management plans and skins checks.

"Sometimes doctors don't talk to you very much, but he has been talking and teaching me.

"In medicine it is about learning on the job.

"Warwick has been a place to build great foundations as a doctor. You can be behind a number of people in a metro area, as opposed to being part of the team here.”

In her sixth and final year at Griffith University, Miss Gederts said she is excited to move onto the next phase of her career.

"To be able to put it into practice now, it has made me quite excited to become a doctor,” she said.

"This is because of the difference you can make and no day being the same.

"It is challenging, but very fulfilling. I've loved everything that I have done, and I want to see where it takes me.”

Last year Miss Gederts traded city living for the rural life, after she undertook a year of placement at the Warwick Hospital.

She said it was a goal of hers to complete a rural placement as opposed to a metropolitan setting.

"Last year was the best year of my life,” she said.

"It was hands on, and the doctors were fantastic and open to teaching. It was inspiring.

"I always wanted to be a doctor, and last year solidified that.”