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Old Scholar: Dr Joshua Calleja

Joshua Calleja graduated from St Columba College in 2007 with hopes to study Medicine. He was accepted into Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide and during this time sat the UMAT three times, a test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine degree program. Finally, he received an interview for the program, was accepted and transferred across in 2010.

Joshua studied both a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. The course duration was six years with the first three years based at the University campus where he learnt from lectures and interactive tutorials such as Clinical Skills and Case Based Learning. The last three years were based in hospitals doing a variety of rotations covering major components of Medicine and Surgery. While it is a long time, the close friendships he made with fellow classmates were “very similar to Secondary School”. While the study could be grueling at times, he genuinely found it interesting and sincerely enjoyed his job.

Now Dr Joshua Calleja, MBBS, he is currently employed by SA Health under the North Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) - primarily based at Lyell McEwin Hospital and Modbury Hospital.

His time at St Columba has fostered his attitude to strive towards his goals.

“I have each and every one of my teachers to thank for their wisdom and guidance throughout my seven years at St Columba College,” Joshua said.

“Some of my fondest memories are from the many musicals I performed in as well as yelling my lungs out with my team mates on Sports Day.”

Congratulations Joshua on your recent graduation and success in receiving your Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. We wish you all the best in your profession and we look forward to hearing great stories about you.