Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I believe the health services (i.e., the various hospitals in Victoria) are within their right to ask us to turn up for interviews. After all, they are seeking employees, and our welfare technically does not rest with them, yet. It is the University of Melbourne that should be looking out for us, medical students. Why not change the semester schedule in order to make this period less stressful and anxiety-provoking than it already is? Why do we have exams during the scheduled interview period for our internships?
It does feel like my University doesn't care - does it?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
A medical career dedicated to the poor and needy
- Carolyn Webb
- June 9, 2008
ANDREW Dent, the director of St Vincent's Hospital's emergency department for 12 years, has endeavoured throughout his career to help the underprivileged.
During his University of Melbourne medical training in the early 1980s, he spent a month working at Mother Teresa's mission in Calcutta.
Dr Dent, who was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) today, worked in Africa after surgical training in Britain.
He was the only surgeon at the Shisong bush hospital in Cameroon, introducing modern treatments and raising money for equipment. He has also worked in Papua New Guinea.
Blandine Dent said her husband, who is seriously ill with colon cancer, was very pleased to receive his AM.
"He feels very honoured," she said.
The Age, Melbourne.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
He was more than just my research supervisor. He was more than just the Emergency Department Director.
He was the one who checked on the progress of a medical student's research, during his lunch break - with a Coke in hand for lunch.
He was the one who brought smiles and jokes to the table. Who told stories of his days as a medical student and a junior doctor.
He inspired his Department and made Emergency such a great place
Most of all, he inspired me.
With his dedication and care, to his staff, his friends, his patients and his family;
With humbleness that has not been surpassed;
Thank you, Andrew, For your advice;
For your guidance,
For we will all miss you. For I will miss you. And your jokes. And your guidance.