Jade Lim (University of Melbourne, 2015)

Current job title: Intern

What are you doing now?
I’m currently completing my intern year at Monash Health in Victoria. I also have the privilege of being the Vice Chair on the organising committee for the Youth Pre-World Health Assembly (organised by the International Federation of Medical Students Association), and chairing the Task Force on the Investigating Mechanism of the Supervising Council.

What did you do after finishing medical school?
I took a bit of time out to just enjoy the holidays and spend time with family and friends.

What was your ‘big break’?
I don’t think I’ve really had a ‘big break’ in global health – but if I had to pinpoint a moment it would probably be the first time I went to Geneva for the World Health Assembly back in 2013. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to meet, and work with some fantastic people, and they’ve made more a difference to my understanding of, and involvement in, global health than any one experience

Where are you headed/what’s your dream job? Are you in it now?
At the moment I’m still very undecided, and just focusing on the early stages of my clinical training. Where I can I try to stay involved in projects and issues I’m passionate about, but I’m making a very conscious effort to ensure that I don’t overload myself.

What did you study that has helped you (during or since medical school)?
I did a Masters of Public Health after my third year of medical school and LOVED it. It certainly isn’t something that must be done to be involved in global health, but it provides me with a sound technical grounding and a much better understanding of the global (and public) health landscape.

Top tips for students interested in a similar global health pathway?
Apply for opportunities which really interest you (not everything that you see) and excite you – even if you don’t think you’re qualified. I’ve also found that almost everyone I’ve met in global and public health had been more than willing to sit down and talk about their experiences. Most people are happy to give a helping hand where possible, so if you have a question, it never hurts to ask!

When I’m not doing global health, you’ll find me…
Reading – sometimes about global health.

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