Medical school took six years, with 40 hours of lectures each week. I chose Monash University because, at the time, I felt it was the more progressive of the two Melbourne Universities. I graduated in 1990 and won the medical prize for my year.
Then came my residency, a total of six years at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Although I was exposed to many specialities, I kept being drawn back to ENT. I was simply fascinated with the depth and breadth of the specialty. It covered areas such as Neurosurgery, paediatrics, laryngology, head and neck cancer oncology as well as of course Rhinoplasty and Cosmetic Facial Surgery.
The only other speciality I was interested in was plastic surgery. However, it was a very different era to now, as the only plastic surgery in public hospitals was amputations, burn victims and other traumas. About the only elective cosmetic surgery was Otoplasty(ear), Rhinoplasty(nose) and Breast Augmentation, and in those days these mostly took place Hollywood.
When I decided to officially specialise in ENT Surgery, I joined the four year intensive training program in NSW. My first placement was at John Hunter Teaching Hospital in Newscastle. This was an incredible hospital with an enormous throughput of surgeries, allowing me to really hone my skills on a variety of procedures from Paediatrics to incredibly delicate voice box operations. At the end of these four years, prior to setting up private practice I made the decision to focus my future work on Rhinology and Head and Neck Cancer.