Dr Natasha Thomson: Invergowrie Foundation McPherson Family Education Scholarship for Women Recipient 2004

Tash Thomson

BBioMedSc 2003 (Monash University)

GradDipEd 2005 (Monash University)

MBBS 2010 (University of Sydney)

Tash knew she wanted to study Medicine from a young age. Tash has achieved her goal and is soon to complete her training in Paediatrics at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. 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, 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.

Tash now divides her time between the Children’s Hospital and Monash University, where she tutors in problem based learning for the Faculty of Medicine.   She is also still studying, now completing her Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education at Melbourne University with an eye to continuing on to her Masters in the near future. A true lifelong learner Tash will no doubt make a large contribution to Education in Medicine and we wish her every success.