- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Double Degree
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (now Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine)
Dr William Yan’s affinity with Monash University started from childhood. Growing up, he spent a lot of time at the Clayton campus – around the Faculty of Engineering while his mother completed her PhD, and at the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool training in swim squads.
When he completed high school, William knew he wanted to study medicine. Given the reputation of Monash’s medical degree and his lifelong connection to the university, it was an obvious choice.
Monash gave William a good foundation in medicine, with early exposure to the clinical environment and reasoning.
“I had terrific mentors and tutors throughout the clinical program, who supported my development as a junior clinician and researcher. Monash prepared me well for the responsibilities of internship,” he reflects.
It was an elective rotation at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital during his degree that inspired William to pursue ophthalmology as his specialty.
After graduating, he completed his internship and part of his residency at Monash Medical Centre (Monash Health). He went on to complete a Master of Philosophy (Ophthalmology) at The University of Melbourne.
William is an advocate for technology-driven approaches to increasing healthcare access and sustainability. In 2016, he was part of the team that won the Google Impact Challenge. This gave him the opportunity to spend a year working with Google at their Sydney headquarters, where he focused on developing technology to detect vision impairment. As part of this collaboration, he helped develop disease-screening tools for patients and clinicians.
William returned to clinical training in 2017 and became a surgical registrar at St. Vincent's Hospital.
Last year, William became Chief Editor of the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine and received a Fulbright Scholarship.
As a Fulbright Future Scholar, William will complete a Fellowship in Ophthalmic Innovation at the Stanford Byers Eye Institute to advance his understanding in translational research and technology development. He’ll also study clinical bioinformatics to support the application, efficiency and impact of health data analytics to complement informed clinical decision-making in Australia.
William’s advice to medical students and young alumni is to “take your time in deciding on a career path and specialty that is most suited to you. Once you have decided, seek out support from your clinical school and faculty, and take initiative with projects and your own ideas to create opportunities for yourself.”
He further suggests, “if possible, find an area of research that engages you and challenges your thinking, and build your network in medicine but also other disciplines (commerce, IT, engineering). This will give you perspective throughout your training and ideas for future collaborations.”