ANU students cause medical ‘mayhem’

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Crisis in the ward, ANU Med Revue

THE madcap cast members of the ANU Med-Revue are about to cause medical mayhem with this year’s offering, “How to Train Your Doctor”.

As usual, it’s a musical-comedy performance staged by medical students, with some who have even won CAT awards.

Scripted by the med student themselves, previous titles have included “Murder, She Prescribed” and “The Phantom of the Operating Theatre”.

This time round, the team turn to the crumbling healthcare system — of the future.

It’s 100 years from now and ANU med students who fail their exam are in danger of being replaced by robots.

Cast members in rehearsal

Peta and her fellow students are struggling, like today’s students, to keep up with the overwhelming curriculum, when a disastrous exam triggers an event that they fear will change the face of medicine forever.

The students labour to pull themselves together and make it as doctors, but ethical and practical questions arise. Can patients’ problems be reduced to binary code? Or is it human love that will save the day?

The answers to this and other searching questions will surface in the production this weekend.

Profits will donated to Companion House, the charity which works with adults and children who have sought safety in Australia from persecution, torture and war related trauma.

ANU “Med-Revue” Murranji theatre, Hawker College, 7.30pm, Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. VIP tickets come with prime seating, canapes and beverages, Saturday only. Bookings to anumss.org

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