Jennifer Wilson's journey as told by her parents

In 2008, our daughter, Jennifer Wilson, applied for and was granted the EJ Connellan Award to financially help with her university costs to complete a medical degree at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. She graduated in November 2012 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology).

Prior to her graduation, Jenny was accepted into the Rural Generalist Training Pathway to complete her training as a Rural Generalist with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). This has allowed her to train as a general practice doctor with additional advanced medical skills geared towards working in rural and remote communities.

Jenny spent from January 2013 to the end of 2014 as a junior doctor training at the Cairns Base Hospital. During 2015 she continued working in Cairns, completing an advanced skill year in adult internal medicine. For the first half of 2016 she worked in the Emergency Department at the Mareeba Hospital as a registrar, gaining additional emergency skills in a rural setting. From July 2016 she spent 6 months completing further GP training at the Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre in Mareeba.

During 2017, Jenny has worked and continues to work as a GP Registrar at both the Mossman Medical Centre and the Port Douglas Medical Centre in far north Queensland. She sat her two major ACRRM fellowship exams in Brisbane in March and May and passed with excellent results. She has a few more requirements to be signed off on before January 2018 when her training will be completed. At this time she will become a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and a Rural Generalist.

So after 6 years at university and 5 years of medical training, the fulfilment of Jenny’s dream of becoming a fully qualified GP specialising in rural and remote medicine is only a few months away. As parents we are very proud of her achievements that have only been reached through her total dedication and commitment to always keeping her end goals in sight.

Once again, we would like to thank the Connellan Airways Trust for granting Jenny an award in 2008 during her university years to financially assist with her many years of study. She will always be very grateful for this assistance.

  Dr. Jennifer Wilson

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