Driller digs deep for career as doctor
10 Feb 2021
A former fly in-fly out mines driller who recently graduated from USC with a Psychology degree is taking his career change even further in 2021 after getting into medicine.
Brad Lines, 33, of Landsborough, has been accepted into his first preference – Griffith University’s Doctor of Medicine program at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).
“To get a place in this program is amazing,” he said. “My wife Sam works at SCUH as a nurse and we have family nearby, which will be wonderful for our baby daughter and an essential support for us over the next four years.
“I didn't know that a career in medicine was an option for me as a mature-age student without an OP score until I began studying at USC, which helped me identify my strengths and gave me the confidence to pursue the goal of becoming a medical doctor.”
Brad, who attended high schools on the Sunshine Coast and Proserpine, last year earned USC’s top award, the Chancellor’s Medal, for his outstanding voluntary service as well as academic achievement. He also worked at USC as an Ability Adviser.
“I enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) to work to improve people’s mental health in therapeutic settings,” he said.
“I discovered it was possible for me to become a doctor. My undergraduate GPA and my GAMSAT score met the requirements for an interview at Griffith University and everything progressed from there.
“I am confident my initial nerves will fade once I sink my teeth into Semester 1. I’m looking forward to meeting the people I’ll be studying with for the next four years, as we examine the life of a doctor.”
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