Medical student Logan Williams enjoys his study, which combines both research and his passion for neonatal medicine.
“I’ve always been passionate about anatomy and physiology, and completed my BSc (Biomedical Science) degree here at the University of Auckland prior to entering into Medicine.
“Throughout the first two years of my medical programme, we covered the fundamentals of the human body in organ system based modules, which I really enjoyed. I tried to make the most of the many opportunities available to me during those years, such as teaching and involvement with student-led organisations like the Paediatric Interest Group.
Medicine is... about advocating for and empowering patients, as well
as fostering relationships with patients and their families.
“After these two pre-clinical years, I opted to undertake a BMedSc(Hons) research year. The focus of my project was looking at the oxygen levels in preterm babies, and comparing them to the oxygen levels in term babies. The research was clinical, and I was fortunate to spend time in the neonatal intensive care, postnatal wards, and even be welcomed into the homes of the parents and babies to do oxygen recordings in the community. I’m aiming for a career in newborn medicine, and plan to conduct future doctoral studies, which will allow me to pursue a career that combines my passion for both newborn medicine and research.
“Despite the challenges, transitioning into the hospital environment has allowed me to get a better sense of how to be the best doctor that I can be. From the interactions between my supervisors and their patients, I’ve learned that medicine is also about advocating for and empowering patients, as well as fostering relationships with patients and their families.”