Tom Ayton chats to Michelle Sun about her journey with research and Ophthalmology which has culminated in her incredible achievements thus far. Michelle also provides some tips for anyone considering a future in Ophthalmology.
Summary Writer: Eloise Sobels
Script Writers: Tom Ayton, Michelle Sun
Editors: Michelle Sun, Evangelie Polyzos
Interviewee: Michelle Sun
Michelle is an early career ophthalmic surgeon-scientist with broad interests in ophthalmology. She completed her PhD in 2017 with a Dean’s commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence and has close to 50 peer-reviewed publications. She has also attracted over $500,000 in research funding, having previously been a recipient of an Avant research grant. In recognition of her achievements, she was recently awarded a highly competitive fellowship at Stanford University where she will continue to develop her clinical, surgical and research skills in Ophthalmology. Michelle is also a past Board Director of the Sight For All Foundation, a South Australian charity focused on sustainable health care projects in neighbouring developing countries.
Tom is a Resident Medical Officer at Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He is from Albany in Western Australia and has a background in exercise physiology and sport. During his postgraduate medical training Tom became interested in medical education, which he completed his course research in, as well as medical student teaching and Junior Medical Officer advocacy. Tom loves the beach, keeping healthy and is a very poor surfer.
With Dr Michelle Sun, Ophthalmologist, PhD scholar, Fellow at Stanford University and Avant research scholarship holder, South Australia, Australia
Ophthalmology is a highly recommended specialty. Despite its numerous exams and subsequent late nights, it provides for a very rewarding specialty. Adding research into this mix gives variety to a clinician’s career. Dr Michelle Sun talks of her journey with research and ophthalmology which has culminated in her incredible achievements thus far. Michelle finishes the podcast with tips for anyone considering a future in ophthalmology.
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