The Scholars podcast is a show featuring scholars from the General Sir John Monash Foundation. Hosted by CEO of Mojo Media, Justin Kelly, he interviews the best, brightest, boldest and bravest across all fields of academia, business, science, humanities, and the arts. On today’s episode, Justin interviews paediatric cardiology fellow, Dr Ida Whiteman.
Ida holds an MBBS with honours from Monash University, a Diploma in Child Health from the University of Sydney with High Distinction and an MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine from Oxford, with a research thesis on paediatric rheumatic heart disease. She is currently a paediatric cardiology fellow at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Ida has volunteered in Papua New Guinea, Nepal after the earthquake crisis of 2015, in Malawi and Zimbabwe with Pangea Health Education and assists with research and clinical work in East Timor and the Northern Territory, visiting Wadeye in 2020 for rheumatic heart disease research. In 2014, Ida worked for a year in the Northern Territory, where her passion for Indigenous Health began. Outside of work, Ida speaks French, has taught flying trapeze to children in New York State, and enjoys singing in choirs. Ida hopes to become the second paediatric cardiologist working full-time in Darwin, specialising in the management and prevention of rheumatic heart disease.
In this episode, Ida chats with Justin about how she got into medicine, her experience travelling all over the world, her time living in Darwin, why she chose to transition to paediatric medicine, and how she became a runner over lockdown.