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Past Grammar captain and graduate shares valuable insights

Date: May 14, 2018    Posted by: Megan Meineke

Sunshine Coast Grammar School were delighted to once again welcome back their 2010 School Captain, Dilum Ekanayake, to speak to Year 11 and 12 students interested in studying Medicine.

After graduating from The University of Queensland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery, and Science Dilum is now an ICU Registrar at the Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital in Brisbane.

He is also a Registrar in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a Portfolio Lead for the Australian Medical Association Queensland, a Lecturer for Griffith University, and an Associate Lecturer for The University of Queensland.

In addition to this impressive résumé, Dilum is continuing his studies. He is currently studying a Masters of Public Health with Monash University and will continue to further his academic career with publications and conference presentations.

While his future aspirations are to specialise in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dilum’s current General Practitioner training will allow him to experience a broad scope of medicine and life, while offering some flexibility to enjoy travel and time with family.

“I travel overseas about twice a year, I believe it is important to have things you enjoy doing outside of work,” said Dilum.

Dilum was generous with his advice and sharing his experiences with current students, encouraging them to have a goal, to be clear about why they want that goal, and to hang onto that goal.

“Every single day I come home feeling like I have achieved something.  In medicine, you will affect people’s lives and there is a sense of purpose that comes with that,” said Dilum

He further suggested that students should consider goals for not only their careers, but also for family, and personal growth.

Dilum encouraged students to develop a timeline so that targets can be broken down into manageable markers.  He advised that studies and career pathway can be constantly evolving and that flexibility in resetting goals is important.

“Nothing worth having comes easy, however if you love what you do, you’ll get through it” said Dilum.

When asked about a career highlight to date, Dilum responded that, simply, it is his patients.

“You never forget your patients, and they don’t forget you.”

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