Medical Scholarship influenced the career path of young doctor

Graduate Pierre Goorkiz with Ruth Morrison, Club Secretary

Western Sydney University’s December graduation marked the completion of five long years of study for Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery graduate Pierre Goorkiz.

The 23-year-old Camden resident graduated with first class honours – and Rotary Club of Narellan President Phil Dowd was there to congratulate him.

Pierre was a recipient of the Rotary Club of Narellan Medical Scholarship – a dedicated scholarship for students living in South-West Sydney who plan to pursue a medical career in the region.

Over the course of his studies, Pierre says the Club has had a positive influence on his career path.

“Narellan Rotary is a huge sponsor of medical research within the Western Sydney region, and at Western Sydney University,” says Pierre.

“Seeing the amazing research and technology they were supporting at the Ingham Institute was one of the drivers that led me to apply for a job as a junior doctor at Liverpool Hospital.”

Pierre will work as a junior doctor at Liverpool – the largest hospital in the state, situated in the proposed Liverpool Health, Education, Research and Innovation Precinct.

Western Sydney University and the Rotary Club of Narellan have been working together to deliver shared medical and research outcomes for Western Sydney for close to 10 years.

The Rotary Club of Narellan has supported the University’s School of Medicine since 2007, and was among the School’s inaugural donors. Through the Medical Scholarship, Rotary has so far supported six students through the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery program.

Photo: Geraldine Dowd, Phill Dowd, PierreGoorkiz, graduate and Ruth Morrison, Club secretary

Pierre says the financial support provided by the scholarship, allowed him to dedicate the preclinical years of his degree to developing a strong foundation in physiology, pharmacology, anatomy and pathology, and his clinical years to spending time in the hospital.

“The financial assistance meant that I had more time to spend with my team at the hospital, which allowed me to learn skills and behaviours that will hopefully shape me into being a very competent junior doctor,” says Pierre.

“Having the opportunity to be educated within local hospitals has given me a unique perspective on the health determinants and inequalities that shape this region.”

With Rotary’s support, Pierre says his confidence also grew. He was an executive member of the Medical Student Society; coordinated the Anatomy Mentoring Program for junior students; and sat on the youth advisory committee at Head Space Campbelltown – an organisation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

Applications for 2018 scholarships at Western Sydney University are now open. For more information and to apply, visit


20 December 2017

Media Unit