Join Drs Amandeep Hansra, Dana Phang and Elise Putt as they interview the most inspiring and creative minds in medicine!
Learn all about the many exciting directions a medical degree can take you - from performing arts to technology to entrepreneurship and everything in between.
Creative Careers in Medicine is an Australian run community, aiming to equip people with the confidence and skills to forge their own unique and fulfilling career path
Dr Helena Franco on a career in orthopaedic surgery
In this episode of the Creative Careers in Medicine podcast, host Dr Dana Phang interviews Dr Helena Franco, a medical professional with a diverse background and a passion for orthopaedic surgery.
Dr Franco shares her journey from being an undergraduate student in medicine to becoming an orthopaedic PHO in Queensland.
Dr Franco talks about her early interest in law and her experimentation with kidney cells during her high school years, which sparked her curiosity about Pathophysiology and the human body. Combining her love for biology and chemistry, along with a desire to build relationships with patients, she decided to pursue a career in medicine.
During her time as a medical student, Dr Franco became involved in various societies, including the Surgical Society and the Australasian Student Surgical Association. These experiences allowed her to meet new people and explore her interest in surgery, ultimately leading her to orthopaedics.
Interestingly, Dr Franco admits that orthopaedics wasn't her initial choice. She was initially inclined towards ear, nose and throat surgery. However, a fortuitous encounter with a mentor during a total hip replacement procedure changed her perspective. She shadowed experienced consultants in orthopaedics and gradually realised her true interest in the field.
The conversation also delves into Dr Franco's recent achievements, including winning the Harvard Prize and graduating from Harvard Medical School with a Master's of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery. She shares the backstory of how she obtained these prestigious scholarships and the decision to take a step away from clinical practice, something not commonly pursued by medical professionals.
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Dr Josh Case on a career as a software developer
In this episode of CCIM, host Elise Putt interviews Dr Josh Case, who has found a unique career path that combines his passion for medicine with his expertise with software engineering.
Josh works as a locum doctor a few days a month in various locations across Australia and also runs a company called Go Locum, which is a medical workforce marketplace aimed at making the locum work industry more efficient and accessible for doctors.
During the conversation, Josh shares his background and journey, starting from his upbringing in Melbourne and his decision to pursue medicine after being inspired by the concept of physiology. He discusses his time at the University of Queensland and the initial worries he had about missing out on other experiences while focusing on his career.
However, Josh's perspective changed over the years, and he now emphasises the importance of trying something different to protect against burnout and challenges in the medical profession. He shares his decision to reduce his clinical hours and pursue health tech part-time, describing the various software projects he has developed and maintained to improve workflow in hospitals.
Josh also talks about the founding of his company, Go Locum, and the challenges and successes they have experienced. He speaks of the importance in creating maintainable software, and discusses the unique model they have adopted, prioritising flexibility and freedom in their work-life balance.
Throughout the episode, Josh provides valuable insights into the intersection of clinical medicine and software engineering, encouraging clinicians to consider new career opportunities without completely giving up on their aspirations. His story serves as inspiration for those looking to make a difference through innovation in healthcare.
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Dr Ashe Coxon on medical career planning
In today's episode, host Dr Dana Phang sits down with Dr Ashe Coxon, a GP with a non-traditional career path. Ashe shares her journey from being encouraged by a stranger to consider medicine to questioning her decision during her junior doctor years. She describes the challenges she faced and how she eventually found her calling as a General Practitioner, career counsellor and is the founder of Medical Career Planning.
This episode delves into the complexities and challenges one can encounter in a medical career, highlighting the importance of aligning your work with your personal values and passions.
You will also hear why Ashe secretly always wanted to work in the deli section at Woollies...
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A/Prof George Rubin on a career in public health
Welcome to a new episode of Creative Careers in Medicine, hosted by Dr Elise Putt.
Today's guest is Associate Professor George Rubin, a seasoned expert in public health. George walks us through his multifaceted career, beginning with his time in Atlanta where he confronted the struggles of a city driven by business interests. He then discusses his contributions in Bangladesh with the Ford Foundation, focusing on initiatives to enhance maternal and child health.
George has also played a significant role in strengthening public health infrastructure in New South Wales. His expertise extends to program evaluation, strategic grant-making, and advocating for the establishment of public health units across health services. George shares how his involvement led to pivotal changes in hospital care quality, including the creation of the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare.
Even in semi-retirement, George remains active. He takes on contract work, mentors younger healthcare professionals, and sits on a hospital board. George also touches on his other interests including landscape gardening, travel writing, and potential work with large donor organisations.
For those contemplating a career in public health, George underscores the value of varied clinical experiences and recommends pursuing a master's degree in the field. He advises on the importance of teamwork and documenting achievements.
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Dr Sarah Rav on a career as a social media influencer
In this episode of Creative Careers in Medicine, Dr. Dana Phang interviews Dr. Sarah Rav, a 25-year-old doctor from Melbourne who has redefined her career through social media and content creation.
Dr. Rav discusses her journey into medicine, driven by a personal experience with her grandmother's Alzheimer's disease and a desire to support and educate families facing similar challenges. She also shares her own struggles with academic performance and the skills she developed to become more productive and efficient in her studies.
Dr. Rav explains how she took a break from medicine to focus on her social media platforms, including Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, where she posts about study tips and productivity. She emphasises the importance of not only excelling academically but also prioritizing personal well-being and enjoying life outside of medicine.
The episode highlights Dr. Rav's transition into becoming a social media influencer and content creator. She discusses her initial foray into fitness and nutrition videos on TikTok and how she pivoted to focus on studying and productivity due to the saturated nature of the fitness space. Dr. Rav's goal is to provide valuable information and strategies to help others achieve academic success while maintaining a balanced and fulfilling life.
Tune in to this inspiring episode as Dr. Sarah Rav shares her personal journey, insights on productivity, and the importance of finding a balance between academic pursuits and personal well-being.
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Dr Simon Kos on a career in technology
Dr Simon Kos is the Chief Medical Officer for Microsoft with a career that’s taken him international in the world of tech.
What’s now a booming industry, the world of ‘health tech’, was only in it’s infancy when Dr Kos first started out. Here he talks about that journey and how he’s gotten to where he is today.
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All the possibilities!!
Love the diversity of guests and creative careers they have travelled to date, sharing their why and how so far. Great interview questions with lots of takeaways each episode.
Perfect podcast for a very niche audience
You go to university, spend six to sixteen years learning and then finally become a medical specialist and then rinse repeat every day for thirty years?
There are so many other options available to healthcare professionals for those willing to look. My own career saw me leave healthcare and travel the world for twenty years as a leadership expert before returning to healthcare again.
This podcast shines the light on a range of folks who have followed usual but very creative paths.
Putting creativity into medicine and medicine into creativity!