MNHS Medical Alumni share insights and motivations through Sprint Program

Research shows that there is a significant pay gap between male and female graduates and discrepancy in career outcomes for women and men. To address this, the ‘Sprint’ program was developed, in collaboration with the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, to support female students to develop to their full potential.

A group of our current Monash Medicine Honours and PhD students recently had the exclusive opportunity to attend the Sprint personal development program, facilitated by Lisa Baker, Director at Kaleidoscope Consulting.

Sprint was created on the success of the Springboard program for women at work. The Springboard Consultancy is the well-established, award-winning training consultancy, often described as being the UK’s leader in women’s development.

Three of our esteemed female medical alumni from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences participated as guest speakers and panel session members, generously sharing their experiences, insights and advice with student participants.

Diana Egerton-Warburton, Adjunct Clinical Professor and Director of Emergency Medicine Research at Monash Medical Centre, spoke about her significant experience in emergency medicine, the alarming rate of alcohol related harm and the important advocacy work she does around family violence and alcohol abuse.

Diana shared lessons on how a clinician or researcher can become an “everyday hero”. Saving and changing lives on a daily basis through using patient stories and data to advocate for policy and social change.

Professor Karin Leder is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Head of the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Unit, School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine. Karin shared her career journey and the pivotal experiences and opportunities which have influenced her career direction and chosen specialty.

During her session with the students, Karin highlighted the importance of seeking out mentors whilst also taking the opportunity to help and guide others. She also encouraged the students to be flexible in the development of their careers, to seize all opportunities and to find a balance between their career and personal lives. She highlighted the benefits of a career that involves both the immediate satisfaction of treating patients one-on-one, as well as the often slow but broader scale benefits that can be achieved from performing research that impacts on larger populations.

Dr Fiona Bodey, Endocrinologist at Alfred Health, joined two other medical specialists on an expert panel to answer participant queries and share her career journey. She spoke about her decision to undertake physician training and finding the right supportive and inspiring mentors along the way.

This interactive Q&A panel session led to discussion about choosing an area of speciality, how to adapt to change, how to stand out and differentiate yourself in this highly competitive industry and ultimately find your own best career path.

The program provided a great opportunity for our female medical students to meet like-minded women and medical experts, raise their aspirations, and become better equipped to take full advantage of future career opportunities.

We would like to thank our alumni for their key involvement in this pilot program and we look forward to continuing to connect our valued alumni with current students in future programs.