- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Degree
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine
A lifelong passion for social justice and service to others inspired Hamza Ashraf to pursue a career in medicine. Making the move over 2300 kilometres from regional north Queensland to Melbourne, he’s taken the first step towards his goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.
“I’ve always wanted to study Medicine. Monash allowed me to follow this aspiration straight after school and was the perfect learning environment, offering state-of-the-art teaching, facilities, excellent integration of clinical exposure, and an impressive research field.”
Now in his third year, Hamza appreciates that Monash’s curriculum prepares medical students for life in the hospital and encourages a focus on patient-centred care. Having spent his early childhood in South Africa, Hamza is keen to use his medical experience overseas and has already been able to put his training into practice.
“Recently I volunteered in a free surgical camp in Pakistan, assisting with surgeries for disadvantaged people. I want to take my skills to other developing countries and do my part in helping those less fortunate than us.”
Alongside his medical studies, Hamza has embraced opportunities to explore his interest in leadership. After participating in Monash Minds and the Sir John Monash Mentoring Program, Hamza was chosen as one of 40 students for the Vice-Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo Leadership Program in 2017. As part of this, Hamza worked as part of a team, collaborating with White Ribbon Australia to spearhead the Respect. Now. Always. campaign at Monash and help create a safe environment on campus.
“Ancora Imparo allowed me to take everything I had learnt, build on it through unique opportunities, and then apply it in a practical way through Service Learning. It provided valuable insight into the minds of some of Australia’s most inspiring leaders, allowing me to evaluate my own style of leadership and to grow as a person.”
While acknowledging that studying can have its ups and downs, for Hamza, it all comes back to working towards a career based on service to others – which helps him get through the tougher times.
“Nothing is easy, you just have to find something which makes it all worth it.”