Dr Natasha Thomson
Invergowrie Foundation McPherson Family Education Scholarship for Women Recipient 2004
BBioMedSc 2003 (Monash University)
GradDipEd 2005 (Monash University)
MBBS 2010 (University of Sydney)
Tash knew she wanted to study Medicine from a young age. She has achieved her goal and is soon to complete her training in Paediatrics specialising in General Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Adolescent Medicine with the Royal Australian College of Physicians. Her path has been unorthodox, but she says she would not change it for the world as it has allowed her to carve out a unique and fulfilling career for herself.
Having studied BioMedical Science at Monash University, Tash decided to go on and study a Diploma in Education, in the hope of securing a job as a Health teacher. She soon realised that she was equally as passionate about Education as she was about Health and Medicine. She is grateful to The Invergowrie Foundation, who at this time awarded her a scholarship. This money allowed her to purchase her first laptop and pay off some University fees.
Soon after completing her Education degree Tash was accepted into Graduate
Medicine at Sydney University.
Tash credits her Education degree with helping her know how to think critically when she studied Medicine. “My Education background has shaped the doctor I am… I educate patients and parents every single day, it is a huge part of my job. People thought it was a very strange combination, but I think it compliments perfectly”. Most of her peers are interested in clinical research but she is focussing on how things are being taught in the clinical setting.
With Tash completing her speciality training full time there is less time for her work as a Teaching Associate at the Monash Medical School however her plan is to finish off a little more of her training to allow for some more clinical teaching. She has completed a Grad Cert Clinical Teaching and Grad Dip Clinical Education through Melbourne University and is to start the final year which would complete her Master’s in Medical Education. Her ultimate plan is to be part time clinical and part time teaching either on campus or on site in hospitals. A true lifelong learner Tash will no doubt make a large contribution to Education in Medicine and we wish her every success.