WHILE a four-year degree might seem like a lifetime at university for some, Nick Barker was happy to study for an extra three just so he could venture into his dream job as a general physician.
The 24-year-old is completing a Bachelor of Science with honours and is in his seventh year of university.
As part of his study Nick recently undertook a work placement at the Emerald Hospital.
The medical student, who is also a Towards Rural and Outback Health Professional representative, said he was passionate about providing health services to people living in rural and remote areas.
"There is a real shortage of pretty much everyone in rural areas, that's part of the challenge of getting adequate services out here," he said.
Nick has lived in Weipa, Rockhampton and Woolongong, and knows first-hand the hardships people in rural areas have to endure.
"People deserve medical facilities that are on par with those in the city," he said.
Nick said he thoroughly enjoyed his time working at the Emerald Hospital and that completing his clinical-based years of university had assured him he was on the right career path.
"Absolutely, I wouldn't want to do anything else," he said.
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