Third year students scrub-up

From top to bottom, left to right: Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes, Professor Russell Gruen, Niharika Gupta, Nour Al-Akra, Tuong Nguyen, Pabasara Hettiarachchi, Zhi Jia Yang, Samuel Mitchell

The ‘clinical years’, otherwise known as the third and fourth-year of study for ANU medical students, is spent primarily undertaking clinical work on the wards in hospitals, and in general practices.

To mark this stage of study on the way to becoming a doctor, The Australian National University (ANU) has gifted every third year student a pair of scrubs.  A gift that will be made to each third year cohort going forward. In 2022, fourth-year students will also receive scrubs.

On presenting the scrubs to the first cohort of students, Dean of the ANU College of Health and Medicine, Professor Russell Gruen, a surgeon, said “Of all the things that can symbolise becoming a doctor – none are more functional, familiar and fun as a nice pair of scrubs. They simplify your life, provide comfort and protection, and proudly identify you as a student of ANU Medicine.”

Ms Nour Al-Akra, a third year student said “The Medical School has been incredibly generous throughout my time here so I was pleasantly surprised and excited when I heard we would be provided with scrubs.”

The medical grade scrubs offer students an opportunity to be easily identifiable as ANU students but also offer functionality.

“I absolutely love the grey colour as well as the light and breathable fabric. They are incredibly comfortable and practical with the addition of multiple pockets,” Ms Al-Akra said.

Ms Meredith Cheng, another third year student remarked, “As a uniform, the scrubs bestow a sense of belonging, both to the university and to the healthcare system we are on our way to joining. Wearing the scrubs truly makes our journey towards becoming doctors all the more real.”

For students who would like additional pairs of scrubs, a shopping portal has been created. More information about this initiative including access to the portal and frequently asked questions can be found here.