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Deputy Dean (MBBS)

As Deputy Dean (MBBS), Professor Michelle Leech is responsible for overseeing the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (medical) degree. This includes the Central medical program at Clayton, Gippsland graduate entry course, Malaysia Medical School and the Northern Victorian Rural Medical Education Network (NVRMEN), which oversees the Extended Rural Cohort.

Her work includes ensuring that the learning objectives and outcomes of all programs are aligned, as well as coordinating other academic and educational initiatives and endeavours related to MBBS.

Professor Michelle Leech has been a research fellow at Monash Centre for Inflammatory Diseases, Southern Clinical School and continues as a consultant physician and deputy director of Rheumatology at Monash Health. She is the chair of the Clinical examination Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

She received her MBBS from Monash University, and after residency training in Internal Medicine at Prince Henry’s Hospital, Melbourne, completed her advanced physician training in Rheumatology and a PhD at the Monash University Centre for Inflammatory Diseases.

Her Research interests include cytokine biology, glucocorticoid action and cell cycle proteins in the context of Rheumatoid Arthritis pathogenesis.

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Projects 2000 2019

Research Output 1996 2018

Arthritis diagnosis and symptoms are positively associated with specific physical job exposures in lower- and middle-income countries: Cross-sectional results from the World Health Organization's Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)

Brennan-Olsen, S. L., Solovieva, S., Viikari-Juntura, E., Ackerman, I. N., Bowe, S. J., Kowal, P., Naidoo, N., Chatterji, S., Wluka, A. E., Leech, M. T., Page, R. S., Sanders, K. M., Gomez, F., Duque, G., Green, D. & Mohebbi, M., 8 Jun 2018, In : BMC Public Health. 18, 1, 12 p., 719.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Fibromyalgia remains a significant burden in rheumatoid arthritis patients in Australia

Gist, A. C., Guymer, E. K., Eades, L. E., Leech, M. & Littlejohn, G. O., Mar 2018, In : International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. 21, 3, p. 639-646 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Kindness and competition: Are we striking the right balance in medical education?

Brewster, D. J., Rees, C. E., Leech, M. & Thompson, G., 2018, In : Australasian Medical Journal. 11, 5, p. 313-315 3 p.

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Medical student psychological distress and academic performance

Dendle, C., Baulch, J., Pellicano, R., Hay, M., Lichtwark, I., Ayoub, S., Clarke, D. M., Morand, E. F., Kumar, A., Leech, M. & Horne, K., 19 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Medical Teacher. p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access