Professor Stephen Tobin


Associate Dean, Professor of Clinical Education, School of Medicine


Having trained in general and colorectal surgery, I was keen to practise outside the big cities, so practised in public/private system in Ballarat, an old gold town of 110,000, 120km north-west of Melbourne, in the ‘central highlands’. It can be cold in winter, usually warm summers with cooler evenings. During this time I developed my medical education skills, with medical student teaching, surgical trainee supervision, new medical school establishment roles (Deakin, Uni Notre Dame) combined with clinical education studies at UNSW.

Later, I was RACS Dean of Education, completed MSurgEd and was awarded FRCS (Edin) ad hominem in 2018. The WSU appointment has meant moving to Sydney!

Grew up in eastern suburbs of Melbourne; have worked in England twice; married with three daughters all of whom work or study overseas and interstate; interests include family, medium-distance running, wine & food, Essendon Football Club, European travel.

Research Interests

  • Work-integrated learning
  • Professionalism and professional identity formation
  • Feedback literacy in medical students and trainees

Qualifications and Recognition

  • MSurgEd University of Melbourne
  • MBBS University of Melbourne
  • FRACS, FRCS, FRCSI, FRCS (Edin) ad hominem, FCSSANZ

Research & Publications

For a complete list of my publications please see my publications page (opens in a new window)

Contact Details
Telephone+61 2 4620 3138