25 March 2021

Perron Institute opportunity for Curtin medical student

The mysteries of the brain have interested fifth year medical student Shivangi (Shivi) Gupta since childhood.

Now, with an elective placement at the Nedlands-based Perron Institute she has an opportunity to learn about the complexities of the brain and management of neurological disorders from specialists in this field.

Shivi is part of the first cohort of the Curtin University undergraduate Medical School. The first day of her Perron Institute placement involved spending time with some of Western Australia’s leading specialists in movement disorders and multiple sclerosis.

“I was so excited to be able to observe patients and doctors during Perron Institute clinic consultations. I never imagined I would see so much neurology in the one place. I’ve read and studied for many years, and now it’s real.” Shivi said.

“When I was a kid, I was intrigued by the brain and space. So much is unknown about both, and it’s that curiosity about the unknown that drives my passion.”

“I feel very fortunate to learn from Western Australia’s leading clinicians and clinical researchers.”

Perron Institute Medical Director Clinical Professor David Blacker said he was pleased about the first placement.

“It’s essential to provide senior medical students with the opportunity to experience a variety of specialist knowledge firsthand,” Clinical Professor Blacker said.

“We’re delighted to have Shivi Gupta with us for a few weeks and we look forward to creating placement opportunities for other students from Curtin Medical School.”