The Importance of Medical Mentors

Monday 25 June, 2012


Medical students received some timely words of advice from plastic surgeon Associate Professor Jonathan Stretch AM during his visit to the College on Monday 4 June 2012.

Associate Professor Stretch is the Deputy Director of the Melanoma Institute Australia and Associate Professor (Melanoma and Skin Oncology) at the University of Sydney. He was made a member of the Order of Australia this year.

Speaking after the Semester One Medicine Faculty Dinner at Warrane, Associate Professor Stretch highlighted the role of mentors in the professional paths of medical students and doctors. He mentioned that mentors in his life had played an important role even before entering medical school- he has vivid memories of watching Craniofacial Surgeon Dr Paul Tessier on television in the 1960s.

Our guest also spoke about the mentors he had during his elective terms as a student. Associate Professor Stretch had the privilege of working with Sir Donald Ross and Sir Magdi Yacoub, pioneering heart surgeons at the National Heart Hospital in London. Residents were particularly captivated by the description of his experiences at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA, and his work with Dr. Dwight McGoon in paediatric heart surgery.

At the end of the talk, Associate Professor Stretch fielded questions from students on topics ranging from the importance of work-family balance and the future for international medical graduates in Australia.

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