Boudine Brown is currently a trainee intern and a student of Advanced Learning in Medicine (ALM), studying towards a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) at Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, the University of Otago; she is in the 6th and final year of her studies. Boudine will graduate later this year and begin her mahi as a junior doctor with Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury in Timaru, the town she was born and raised in.
Her studies focus on advanced learning and supervised clinical activities in hospitals, community-based clinics, and regional and rural general practices. In 2021, Boudine received a Rose Hellaby Bursaries Scholarship for her tertiary studies. The scholarship was created to support educational opportunities for Māori.
Alongside her current studies, Boudine is also Mātāmua for Te Oranga ki Ōtākou (TOKŌ), the student-operated association for Māori Medical Students within Otago Medical School. In this role, she hopes to continue building strong relationships between tauira in ALM and advocating for tauira Māori in the clinical space.
Becoming a doctor has always been a dream for Boudine, and having the opportunity to give back to her community has pushed her to make this happen. Of course, without the support of her whānau and generous scholarships, she would not be where she is today.
She is also a part of the Te Oranga 2023 Executive Committee, the national executive for Māori medical students across Aotearoa. Here, she hopes to foster good connections with tauira across the motu to help transition them confidently into the workforce. In this mahi, she works to bridge the gap between the skaters and the committee to ensure that both parties are connected.
Outside of medical school, Boudine enjoys tramping, cooking, and anything crafty. She has also been an inline speed skater since she was eight years old. For the past two years, she has been one of two skaters' representatives on the Speed Skating Committee for SkateNZ.