Avant and Interplast are pleased to announce that Anish Rastogi from The University of Wollongong is the recipient of the 2019 Avant and Interplast Student Placement Program.
Anish (pictured) will be travelling to Tonga with the Interplast volunteer team of plastic surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals.
He will observe the Interplast team alongside local partners, working to improve the quality of life for people by providing free reconstructive surgery to patients, who otherwise could not afford it.
Anish says, “I’m excited to be offered this opportunity and I’m looking forward to experiencing medicine in a part of the world that has healthcare challenges”.
“Beyond the surgical domain, I’m hoping to gain satisfaction and pleasure by helping others and immersing myself in the human dimension of medicine and finding commonalities with the patients no matter where they come from, by sharing similar pleasures such as sport.”
Being the son of migrant parents, who had limited access to healthcare, was a key driver for Anish to pursue a career in plastic and reconstructive surgery and apply for the Interplast program.
Avant recognises the critical work of Interplast in changing not only the lives of their patients, but by being an invaluable experience for the medical students who take part in the program.
Cameron Glover, CEO of Interplast Australia and New Zealand says, “Interplast is delighted to collaborate again with Avant on the student placement program. Congratulations to Anish and we look forward to including him on an upcoming program, as we pursue our purpose to repair bodies and rebuild lives in the Asia Pacific region.”
Keep an eye out for a journal of Anish’s life-changing experiences upon his return, along with announcements regarding the 2020 application dates.
Visit Interplast's website to find out more about Interplast and their work in the Asia Pacific region.