From the start of her medical degree, Naba Alfaydh realised she wouldn’t be satisfied just being a doctor. She knew she’d need to combine clinical medicine with something bigger. During her time at Monash, Naba co-founded Happy Brain Education, a not-for-profit organisation that provides tutoring services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. With the support of Monash’s The Generator and a Westpac Social Change Fellowship, Naba received mentoring and entrepreneurship training, which helped her take Happy Brain to the next level, and gain new insights into the business world.
Naba is now balancing her career as a junior doctor with running Happy Brain. She’s completing her intern year at Eastern Health, and experiencing rotations in emergency health, surgery and general medicine. Naba is passionate about the one-on-one interactions medicine gives her, but she still wants to be part of contributing to the bigger picture
Watch Naba’s video below to discover how she combines medicine and social enterprise, to make a difference in the hospital and classroom.
Discover careers in medicine
After graduating from your medical degree and completing your internship, you can pursue a range of exciting careers:
- Anaesthetists play an important role in care before, during and after surgery. They’re experts in how the body works and responds to medications, and are responsible for determining the appropriate anaesthesia for a patient undergoing a medical procedure.
- Clinician scientists are able to combine their passion for scientific research and clinical medicine. By working in both environments, they’re able to apply their research into practice with real patients, which can help accelerate their discoveries into therapies and treatments. Completing the Honours program during a Bachelor of Medical Science is a great way to explore research and decide if a career as a clinician scientist is for you.
- Forensic pathologists apply their medicine knowledge to legal courts, investigating deaths that may be sudden or suspicious. You’ll be working with police, coroners, legal practitioners, as well as other forensic specialists, like toxicologists. It’s not quite like what you see on CSI - find out what a day in the life of a forensic pathologist really looks like.
- General practitioners are usually the first point of call when someone is concerned about their health. They provide care in the community - to individuals and their families. As a GP, you'll provide health care to a community, and care for patients across their lifespan.
- Obstetrician/gynecologists are specialists in women's health, pregnancy and childhood. You'll work closely with women throughout the stages of their pregnancy, and be there to safely deliver their baby.
- Rheumatologists diagnose, treat and manage patients with diseases affecting muscles, joints and bones. They’re experts in arthritis, musculoskeletal conditions and autoimmune diseases.
- Sports medicine doctors care for athletes of all abilities, helping them to improve their fitness or overcome injury to perform at their best.
- Surgeon: Each day, surgeons perform operations that can radically transform or save patients’ lives. Whether it’s an elective procedure or an emergency surgery, you’ll work as part of a team to achieve the best outcomes for your patient. It’s (literally) a hands-on job, so you’ll need excellent technical and problem solving skills and be able to keep calm under pressure.
Want a career that will take you places? Monash medical graduates are changing lives all over the world. Whether you want to work with remote communities or in a fast-paced capital city, being a medical professional gives you opportunity to make a difference.
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