2023 Rural Clinical School Graduation

The Rural Clinical School graduation celebration was held at De Bortoli Wines in Rutherglen on Friday 15th of September for the Rural Clinical School's Doctor of Medicine 'Class of 2023'.

The Rural Clinical School's Doctor of Medicine 'Class of 2023' at the graduation celebration in September.

The graduation dinner is a landmark event for final year medical students, providing an opportunity to celebrate the end of their medical degree with friends, colleagues, staff and family.

Below are the awards presented on the night:

Valedictorian - Madeline Meek

Rural Communities Award - Gabriella Smith

The Rural Communities Award is awarded to students who have demonstrated the highest commitment to Rural Health & Community Service and/or commitment to Rural Health Practice.

Professionalism Award – Mandhree Ekanayake & Declan Saville

The Rural Clinical School’s Prize for Professionalism is awarded to the student who best demonstrates professionalism as a duty of care for patients, colleagues and self.

Award recipiants - (from left to right) Declan Saville, Madeline Meek, Gabriella Smith and Mandhree Ekanayake with Professor Julian Wright (centre).

MC’s for the night were final year students Lauren Pollock and Dwaine Quadros who entertained the group with their humour and did an amazing job organising the event.

Madeline Meek provided her valedictorian speech, touching on her time at the RCS, making lifetime friends and her experiences during the pandemic.

The keynote speaker was Deputy Director, Dr Margreet Stegeman, with  Head of Department, Professor Julian Wright providing his Dean's address to the 85 guests.

It was a wonderful night celebrating the Class of 2023 on their achievements and we wish them the very best for their next chapter!