Resilient student battled to achieve his goals

Ross Price’s resilience and commitment will be rewarded when he is presented with his Graduate Entry Medicine, MB BCh, degree at Swansea University’s Great Hall today.

Ross Price Ross, aged 31, from Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taff has shown a commitment, which most of us will never be able to hope to achieve. A resilience that will inspire others who are struggling on their own personal journey.

Ross began his course of study in September 2011. Within a few weeks he knew that his mother was dying. He was the main carer sharing this responsibility with his sister. The inevitability of death was certain. Ross knew the person who had encouraged him to start his medical journey would never see him complete it. The pain was stark. A decision was made to take time out so that he could give all his energies to be with his mum.

It took courage to come back the following September.

Time moved on but his grandfather, within a short space of time, also became terminally ill. Another knock. And then more recently, the mother of his fiancé, who has been a rock throughout his studies, developed a neurological condition, requiring hospice care before inevitability.

Ross had to overcome many obstacles during his studies but he showed a commitment to succeed and he will inspire other clinicians in the future. He will care for his patients with diligence and sincerity. He showed resilience and courage to succeed against all the odds placed cruelly against him.

Speaking about his journey to achievement Ross said: “An inspirational man once told me: ‘what is measurable isn’t always important, and what is important isn’t always measurable’. Never has this been more appropriate than when I was trying to gain a place at medical school. I spent years studying and gaining work experience to try and meet entrance requirement of various medical schools and it was Swansea that saw the person I am, not only the grades I have, and believed I had what it takes to be a doctor. 

“Swansea has a great little medical school. The staff and students really do get to know each other and it feels as though they know you as a person. I’ve made some great friends through the course that I hope I stay in touch with. 

“However, my time at Swansea was not straightforward. The workload itself is known to be notoriously difficult and coupling this with the loss of loved ones and breaking a leg made it both educationally and emotionally challenging. On occasion it felt as if I were trying to push water uphill. Without the support of friends, my father, my fiancé and my personal tutor I’m not sure I would be where I am today. 

“I dedicate my achievement to those I’ve loved and lost.”