Dr Lincoln J R Lim
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) (2014)
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school” – Albert Einstein
Time and tide certainly waits for no one! Three years has passed since I last set foot in the Clinical School Johor Bahru! It seems like just yesterday when I first stepped into my first lecture in medical school. I can vividly remember the lecturers and their passion to teach, the many friendly faces of my batchmates and great lessons I have learnt in its halls. It has been a journey and an adventure in this highly rewarding pursuit of medical knowledge!
Medical school has always been said to be the best times of one’s medical career and indeed it was. The thing I love about Monash is its emphasis of not only excelling in theoretical knowledge but to also indulge in practical experiences, life lessons and to strive for work/life balance (the latter is highly important in work life). My course in Monash was fun, interactive and we are a close knit batch of friends who were more concerned with progressing together as a team than outdoing each other.
After completing my internship and surgical resident year in Albury Wodonga Health, I am currently working as a senior resident in Western Health. I am highly excited to be a trainee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) and to begin my role as a Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Registrar as of 2018. Working life is full of ups and downs and the best advice I could give to my juniors would be to always remember the reason you pursued and read medicine. It would tide you through the tough days and keep your fire burning. Always surround yourself with a good support system and to always pursue your hobbies outside medicine.
Through my work experience and watching my friends excelling as mature and competent doctors, I can proudly tell my juniors that Monash does indeed prepare its students for the working world. Have confidence, do not falter and trust the system. It has made us a special breed of doctors who are well prepared, practical, compassionate and ready for the real world ahead. Always keep that curious mind and never set limitations for yourself!