Monash Medical School students inspired by IVF pioneers
Monash Medical School students in Gippsland were inspired by one of Australia’s pioneers in IVF and stem cell technologies.
Monash Emeritus Professor Alan Trounson, who led the Australian team responsible for the discovery of human embryonic stem cells in the late 1990s, discussed Australia’s contribution to the global revolution of treatments.
The event, which is co-hosted by the School of Rural Health and Federation University, also saw Professor Trounson visit Year A medical students based at the Churchill campus in Gippsland.
The school has strong partnerships with hospitals and other health agencies at sites across Gippsland, providing students with clinical placements throughout their three clinical training years.
Professor Trounson, who has established not-for-profit foundations to enable low-cost IVF and fertility education for people across the globe, will also debate advances in treating major illnesses including cancer, diabetes, blindness, spinal cord injuries and whether a potential cure for HIV is in sight.
Professor Trounson was President of Californian Institute for Regenerative Medicine (2007–2014) the Californian state’s $3-billion stem cell agency driving research in stem cell biology and facilitating the translation of stem cell discoveries into clinical therapies.
The founding director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories at Monash University (2004–07), Professor Trounson also founded seven for-profit life science companies and the National Biotechnology Centre of Excellence ‘Australian Stem Cell Centre’ (2002–03). He has held a Chair in Paediatrics/Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and also a Chair in Stem Cell Science at Monash University. He was Director of the Monash Centre for Early Human Development 1985–2002 and founding Deputy Director/Director of the Institute for Reproductive Biology 1990–2002.
Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery at Monash University
The School of Rural Health is committed to improving rural health and developing a sustainable rural health workforce. With a footprint stretching from Mildura to Orbost, the school includes four major clinical teaching sites and the Department of Rural and Indigenous Health (MUDRIH). Year A of the Monash School of Medicine’s graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program is based with the school’s Churchill unit.
Monash Medical School’s MBBS Honours curriculum is designed as an integrated structure incorporating four themes, within which semester-long units are taught by staff from a range of departments across the faculty in an interdisciplinary fashion.
In the first year of the MBBS program (Year A), the basic medical and behavioural sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and sociology) are introduced within interdisciplinary units. In all of these units, there will be a major focus on clinical issues through clinical case studies. MBBS students will also participate in community partnership placements where they spend time working in a community setting with clients of welfare agencies.
In year B, Monash Medical School students will study integrated medicine and surgery, which will be taught together with a series of problem-based and case-based learning sessions. Year C is largely taken up with core clinical rotations in women’s and children’s health, general practice and psychological medicine. Year D is structured as a series of electives and selectives, where students will choose to complete their degree by gaining wider experience in chosen disciplines and specific areas of interest through a range of metropolitan, rural and overseas settings.