POSTGRADUATE COURSEWORK STUDENTS
|David Lester-Smith is a Master of Medical Education student.||Marina Berbic is currently studying Reproductive Health
Sciences and Human Genetics.
|Mirvat Said from Kenya, is currently studying Sexually
|Karen Saul is a Surgery student.|
“I work as a staff specialist in general paediatrics and as a lecturer/academic fellow at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Education is therefore integral to my working life and a hugely enjoyable component of it. I foresee my future career encompassing clinical and educational roles. In fact I suspect this will increasingly become the norm in public hospitals in response to the Garling Report.
“With this in mind, I sought to formalise my own teaching and learning in medicine by starting a part-time Master of Medical Education at the University of Sydney in 2009, having graduated with a Master of Public Health in 2006. It was reassuring to be informed by a number of work colleagues who had either recently graduated or were currently enrolled that the course was relevant, rewarding and not too onerous, even when working full time.
“Semester One, which comprised core topics, has lived up to expectations and I am glad to be enrolled. Content is delivered online through reading and discussion boards, and during face-to-face workshops. It’s a great way to learn – it’s interactive, good fun and, of course, based on sound and current adult education learning principles. The time commitment is manageable, assignments are ‘real world’ and work-related. I am looking forward to Semester Two.”
“After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Science in 2006, I decided to pursue a master’s in reproductive health science and human genetics program at the University of Sydney. I was initially attracted to the course by its appealing content; I felt passionately about the issues that surrounded women’s reproductive and sexual health, aspects of infertility, artificial insemination and human genetics, and I was eager to learn more.
“I was exposed to some fascinating lecture material delivered by inspiring lecturers. The relatively small classes allowed for wonderful interaction between the lecturers and students. The lecturers were happy to engage in discussions, providing us with up-to-date lecture content, challenging us, stimulating our learning and allowing us
to become fully engaged in the issues.
“As a part of the course, I was also required to complete a research component. I became inspired by the enthusiasm of the research group at the Queen Elizabeth II Research Institute for Mothers and Infants in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, who introduced me to the enigmatic, fascinating disease of endometriosis. The completion of my research component resulted in my first publication. At the end of the master’s program, I received the Australian Postgraduate Award and Central Clinical School Top-up Scholarship, which will provide me with financial support for the duration of my PhD candidature and allow me to fully commit to further study.
“Currently, I am well into my PhD project. To date, I have presented at international conferences and have five publications. Following the completion of my PhD, it is my sincere hope that I will continue my active academic involvement with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and its fascinating research projects for many years to come.”
“Kenya, an East African country within sub-Saharan Africa, has been hit hard by the HIV pandemic. Having worked as a medical officer at the largest government-funded hospital in Mombasa, I was exposed to the alarming magnitude of STD/HIVassociated morbidity and mortality. I soon saw the need to further my knowledge and clinical skills in the field of STD/HIV medicine.
“The University of Sydney is internationally recognised and is among the very few universities that offer a course like this. The program is comprehensive and well-structured. I particularly liked the fact that the course involved a combination of lectures and practical work, including laboratory diagnostics and clinical attachments to various sexual health clinics in Sydney.
“Because HIV is a rapidly evolving field, the research component of the course makes it stand out as unique. I had no research skills but now I can confidently work in research, and appreciate its importance.
“The class was made up of a range of professionals, doctors, nurses and laboratory technologists from different parts of the world. This, along with the interactive nature of the classes, made learning interesting and enjoyable. The lectures were given by highly experienced staff in their respective fields who delivered quality material.
“The course has moulded me into a better clinician, researcher and public health practitioner. I am currently based at the TB clinic at the Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa. This is where I am conducting my research. I manage HIV patients at the hospital’s HIV comprehensive care centre. My interest remains in infectious diseases.”
“After completing a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2002 and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2006, I decided to undertake a Master of Surgery to increase my knowledge and evidence-based medical skills. I also wanted the opportunity to undertake some clinical research.
“I received the John Brooke Moore scholarship which has means that I can complete my master’s degree without the burden of financial concerns. This has made studying more enjoyable because I can focus entirely on study rather than juggling study with full-time work commitments.
“The course has equipped me with improved evidence-based medical skills, enabling me to provide better patient care in the clinical setting. It has also provided the platform to pursue my interest in medical research and academic surgery.
“This course is one of the best decisions I have made. There is a variety of subjects available with both academic and clinical focuses. This allows students to tailor their degree to individual needs. The course is extremely well coordinated and organised in all aspects and the academic staff members are both approachable and supportive.”