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Extraction . . . Gore High School pupil Sam Keighley (18, left) and Southland Girls' High School pupil Victoria Cosgriff (18) gets shown a tooth extraction by dentist Tim Mackay during a recent visit to the Mobile Surgical Unit. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A Gore High School pupil will witness surgery first hand when she travels through the South Island with the Mobile Surgical Unit.

Sam Keighley received a scholarship from Mobile Health Solutions to observe surgeries in the South Island.

She will fly to Christchurch and then travel with the unit back to Gore, observing general and dental surgeries in five towns along the way.

Sam applied for the scholarship at the start of October and was informed her application was successful 15 days later.

“I was really stoked because there were 11 schools involved,” Sam said.

The Mobile Surgical Unit visited Gore High School several months ago and Sam watched a dental operation as part of a health board programme to encourage pupils into careers in health.

Programme Incubator co-ordinator Jan Tait, of Invercargill, and Mobile Health Solutions general manager Mark Eager organised the scholarship.

Sam is travelling on the bus from December 12.

She plans to study health science at the University of Otago next year.

She said she hoped to become a doctor.

“Hopefully going on the surgical bus will help me make up my mind if I want to go into general practice,” she said.

Her accommodation, food and travel was all paid for, she said.

Sam could have travelled with a North Island mobile surgery unit but said the South Island route worked better.

“It suited me and it suited them.”