- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Double Degree
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)
Formerly Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (now Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine)
Clinical cardiologist and physician researcher, Dr Kegan Moneghetti, recently joined the Faculty of the prestigious Stanford University School of Medicine.
When asked during his Stanford orientation about what qualities make a great mentor and manager, Kegan thought back to his time at Monash. This inspired him to reach out to Deputy Dean of Medicine, Professor Michelle Leech to express his gratitude for her key influence on his career progression.
Kegan’s enthusiasm and passion for learning and teaching came from the great mentorship provided by people such as Professor Leech during his medical school experience.
“I could have never imagined back then that I would be a Faculty member at Stanford. However, mentors like Professor Leech along the way have made this possible.”
It was the new problem-based medical curriculum that attracted Kegan to study medicine at Monash.
“I was excited to be a part of a new practical approach to medical training. I still remember going to the hospital as a student to review patients in my very first year”, he says.
The problem-based approach to learning provided Kegan with the skills to feel comfortable during challenging times throughout his clinical training.
“These skills also became incredibly useful during my PhD, where there was no formal training pathway.”
Kegan completed his clinical placements at Monash’s Central Clinical School at the Alfred Hospital. This also provided him with the valuable opportunity to learn from leaders in their field.
After completing his medical degree, Kegan undertook cardiology training through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. During this time, he developed an interest in exercise testing and heart disease.
He later completed a fellowship in advanced cardiac imaging at Monash Heart and a PhD in exercise physiology, imaging and heart disease at the University of Melbourne.
Kegan used this knowledge to further investigate the role of exercise testing in differentiating disease medicine at Stanford.
His advice to young doctors is to “keep yourself open to opportunities and be prepared to take the unexpected path”.