Usually only two Australian medical students were selected to undertake a prestigious placement at the University of Oxford and the John Radcliffe Hospital. We’re delighted that both – Mr Hayden Randall and Mr Ash Dixon – are Paulines!
Each year, fifty places are offered to non-Oxford international medical students to complete elective study at Oxford.
For one term, Mr Hayden Randall and Mr Ash Dixon will work alongside experienced doctors at the renowned teaching and research hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital, and enjoy all the opportunities and experiences of being a student at Oxford.
Ash and Hayden are third year medical students at the University of Sydney and joined St Paul’s Graduate House in its inaugural year in 2019. Hayden is also our Assistant Senior Tutor, has been a sessional academic at USyd’s Department of Anatomy and Histology, and has been a tutor at St Paul’s and The Women’s College over the last year. Ash has had a similarly busy medical school experience so far, serving as President of the Sydney University Radiology Society and publishing a study, with Hayden and other scholars, about cardiovascular disease risk.
Throughout medical students’ time in Oxford, there is an emphasis on understanding social influences on health and illness, contrasting the UK’s health system to Australia’s. With Oxford researchers and doctors on the front-line of COVID-19 responses and vaccine studies, it is a particularly interesting time to learn about other health systems. Ash is hoping to join the anesthetics team and Hayden is hoping to join the cardiology team at John Radcliffe.
Ash and Hayden will be members of Green Templeton College whilst at Oxford. Green Templeton College has a rich history in the medical sciences – its inaugural Warden published the first study to clearly link smoking and cancer, and the college hosts Osler’s Library, providing a living history of medical and public health studies at the University of Oxford. Ash and Hayden will be able to enjoy all that Oxford collegiate life has to offer – sports, clubs, discussion groups and, much like life at Paul’s, the opportunity for academic fellowship in a place you also call home.
Joining Ash and Hayden will be fellow Pauline Dr Tishan Wellalagodage who will reading for a DPhil in Critical Care Medicine at Queen’s College. There will be more on Tish in coming months.
This is a fantastic start for our young but dynamic medical community at Graduate House and Hayden, Ash and Tish will follow in the footsteps of many Paulines at Oxford.