Celebrating Monash Alumni Excellence

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences celebrated its prestigious scholar recipients from 2021 and 2022, Dr Laura McArthur and Dr Jesse Schnall.

Deputy Dean (Medicine), Professor Michelle Leech hosted the celebration. “I continue to be astounded and so proud of the passion that these young Monash Medical Alumni have for contributing to causes so much larger than themselves. The way that they go about equipping themselves to be of service is so perfectly aligned with the philosophy of John Monash. I am sure that Laura and Jesse will inspire many future Monash Medical graduates”.

Dr Jesse Schnall - 2022 General Sir John Monash Scholar

Congratulations to Monash medical alumnus, Dr Jesse Schnall, who was awarded the 2022 General Sir John Monash Scholarships.

The General Sir John Monash Scholarships are awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellence in their field, leadership ability and a vision to deliver a positive impact for the benefit of Australia.

Jesse hopes to use his John Monash Scholarship to undertake a Master of Public Health at Harvard University, with a specific focus on mental health policy reform. He is equally passionate about mentorship, having led Monash University’s official academic mentorship program for medical students, and volunteered as a mentor and tutor with Stand Up.

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Prof Michelle Leech (3rd from left) hosted the celebration for the scholar recipients

“I’m extremely humbled to be included alongside such an amazing group of young Australians, and am grateful to those at Monash who have been so generous with their support and guidance along the way. I hope to use this scholarship to enhance my ability to understand and implement compassionate and effective public health policy that will benefit Australians.”

Dr Laura McArthur - 2021 Victorian Rhodes Scholar

Congratulations Dr Laura McArthur who was awarded with the prestigious 2022 Victorian Rhodes Scholarship. She’ll travel to Oxford University in September 2022 where she hopes to enrol in the Master of Science in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.

Laura graduated from Monash University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine.

She is passionate about global health equity and applying our understanding of medicine to achieve the best possible health for individuals and populations.

“I have been inspired by a hundred small moments – seeing patients in hospitals whose medical issues are as social as they are biochemical, meeting incredible people working in research, policy and clinical medicine and watching news reports and developing an understanding of how very global our problems are – therefore, so too must our solutions be,” she said.