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Ms Nikki Adler
Studying: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
For Nikki Adler, medicine is more than just her field of study. It’s a passion. A first year graduate student, Nikki was attracted to the course thanks to her keen interest in human physiology.
‘I find the way in which the human body functions in both health and disease states to be incredibly fascinating,’ she says.
‘I (also) enjoy communicating with people and I look forward to developing positive and mutually respectful doctor–patient relationships as a medical practitioner.’
Her decision to study medicine was also partly driven by a desire to help combat the increasing burden of chronic diseases.
‘I chose to study at Deakin as the medical course focuses not only on the knowledge of biomedical sciences, but also the importance of social justice, professional integrity, interdisciplinary teamwork, medical ethics and cultural awareness … cognisance of these skills and concepts is essential for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in medicine and become a life-long learner.’
Prior to studying at Deakin, Nikki completed a Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program) at Monash, where, in 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Physiology PowerLab Prize, a Dean’s List Fellowship in 2007 and 2008, and six Highest Achieving Student Awards.
Nikki’s hard work continues to be rewarded – this year she won Deakin’s Coltman Equipment Award and the Deakin Accommodation (Medicine) Scholarship.
She says she enjoys the teaching style at Deakin – particularly the emphasis on the biopsychosocial model of illness.
‘I really enjoy listening to insightful guest lecturers and learning about medicine from different perspectives … the course is incredibly innovative, distinctive and the Faculty has impressive facilities.’
After graduating, Nikki is hoping to split her time between working as a physician and a medical researcher.
‘I would love to make a contribution to the rapidly expanding knowledge of medical science, while making a difference to the health of numerous people.’