Meng Tan – Australian Team, International Mathematics Olympiad 1991
What did you study, or are currently studying, at University?
I completed a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics while also completing a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. My postgraduate studies led to a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, as a specialist neurologist, and a Master of Clinical Education.
What are you doing now?
I am the Clinical Director of Diagnostic & Subspecialty Services at Gold Coast Health, a role that provides medical leadership of most physician specialties, radiology and pharmacy. I also direct the care of patients with epilepsy in the public system, and I consult privately in general neurology.
I have several roles in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians: as National Examiner, Written Examination Committee chair and member of various bodies overseeing training, curriculum and assessment.
Tell us about your top two achievements since leaving school.
Since 2012, I have been a member of the committee advising the Therapeutic Goods Administration on registration of medicines, focusing largely on the introduction of new drugs to treat neurological disorders.
Since January 2020, I have assisted in the coordination of Gold Coast Health’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
What would you like to do in the future?
This year, I commenced training to become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and I intend to remain influential in health care on the Gold Coast and in Queensland.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I collect and play designer board games, watch and play tennis and struggle to ignore emails.
In what way did ASI programs support you in your career and studies?
I gained a network of highly intelligent peers, from whom I learned that social skills are at least as important as technical knowledge. Thirty years later, I am finally applying those lessons to the challenge of being an effective clinical leader.