“I’ve still got steps to take to become a surgeon and I’m determined to tackle them all . . . sometimes you’re pulling your hair out because you’re so frustrated at how long it takes. It’s always difficult when you start but if you work hard and persist, everyone will get there in the end.” - Surgical registrar Oleksandr Khoma on rotation at Auburn Hospital
When Oleksandr moved to Australia ten years ago from Ukraine, where he grew up, he took on the challenge of getting his medical degree recognised in Australia.
The process wasn’t easy. It took him two and a half years and involved a combination of study and exams. He said the time he spent at Auburn Hospital was a highlight of his career.