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Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Dr Mikaela Brusasco

Dr Mikaela Brusasco is a medical intern at Peninsula Health. 

Q: What is your background?

A:  I completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedicine and then a postgraduate degree in Medicine, both at the University of Melbourne. I paid my way through university doing part-time hospitality jobs, including one where my job was to bake the treats at a café!

Q: What does your current role involve?

A: I am currently working in the Emergency Department (ED) at Rosebud Hospital. It’s a really interesting experience being the first point of contact for patients, providing them with reassurance and investigating their symptoms. I have seen a wide range of presentations which has really helped with my clinical skills.

Q: Why did you decide to do you intern year at Peninsula Health?

A:  I didn’t have much experience of Peninsula Health before I came here. I came along to the information evening and chatted to staff at the Careers Expo and both times I got the vibe that Peninsula Health really is a workplace that prides itself on its culture and compassion, so that is why I decided to come here!

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

A: Medicine wasn’t my original plan at university, but I was drawn to it as a way to help people and I love communication as a part of my job – corny, I know.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not working?

A: All the regular things that allow me to de-stress – playing with my dog, reading, cooking. I also like to pick a new hobby each year – last year was pottery and the year before was soap-making.

Q: What is one thing people don’t know about you?

A: Ooh, that is difficult. Everyone keeps asking if I am glad I am no longer studying, but I have actually started a Masters in Bioethics this year, so maybe that? Otherwise, it would be that I am a very competitive trivia player!