Graduate doctor realises rural medicine ambition

Tom English and Sarah Martin celebrate their graduation from Notre Dame’s School of Medicine

31 March 2017

A passion for rural health care combined with a commitment to serving others compelled Dr Tom English, a law and accounting graduate, to study Medicine at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus.

Yearning for a career change, Dr English left his home in New Zealand to study Notre Dame’s four-year Medicine program and realise his ambition of entering rural practice. Graduating from Notre Dame in 2016, Tom has secured a position at The Tweed Hospital in Tweed Heads, New South Wales.

During his formative years in practice, Dr English wants to refine his medical skills so that one day he can deliver care to patients across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

“I never want to forget how privileged and lucky I am compared to others across the world. I owe this acknowledgement to my patients because I believe it will help me become a more caring and empathetic doctor,” Dr English said.

“Working in rural practice is exciting as I can continue to develop my skill set with the view to being useful in both rural and urban areas, regardless of my clinical speciality.”

Dr English was drawn to Notre Dame for its small class sizes, a holistic education in liberal arts through the LOGOS Programme and, above all, the opportunity to obtain hands-on medicine experience in a number of disciplines and locations across Australia.

Dr English believes it is important for all Medicine students to have an academic experience broader than their chosen profession.

“Having a broad university education, in addition to learning the vital skills needed to become a competent doctor, is really useful and can only benefit one’s professional aspiration. I was impressed that Notre Dame required students to have this multi-disciplinary experience in order to graduate, Dr English said.

“Drawing upon additional life lessons from my parents, I hope that my Notre Dame experience and family upbringing can help me become a doctor that is compassionate, personable and, above all, humble.”

Dr English graduated at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus Graduation and Annual Awards Ceremonies on Tuesday 14 March 2017.


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