Noted GP and clinical educator named Associate Dean for Australia

Oceania University of Medicine (OUM) has appointed Lata Mantha, MBBS, FRACGP, GCCE, as Associate Dean for Australia.

“The opportunity to assist mature students from diverse professional backgrounds in pursuing a medical career and achieving a lifelong dream, together with OUM’s flexible self-paced curriculum and novel approach of using a virtual classroom to facilitate learning, has prompted me to join the faculty,” says Dr. Mantha.

In this role, Dr. Mantha will monitor clinical student progress, review Clinical Rotation Case Studies, and liaise with physician mentors and clinical student advisors. Dr. Mantha will work with the OUM Dean for Australia, Dr. Meshach Kirubakaran, to arrange clinical skills training, develop OSCE examination material, and work with faculty and administration to assure that the curriculum prepares students for excellent graduate performance on the Australian Medical Council (AMC) Examination(s).

A GP in active clinical practice, Dr. Mantha has taught fifth-year medical students from James Cook University and supervises GP Registrars in her practice. In her role as Director of Clinical Training at the Cairns Hospital and Hinterland Health Service, Dr. Mantha is the co-coordinator for intern, resident medical doctor, and international medical graduate training and accreditation. She also co-ordinates hospital accreditation for the intern training.

Dr. Mantha earned her MBBS from Andhra University Medical College in India where she also completed internship training. Since moving to Australia in the early 1990s and passing the AMC examinations, Dr. Mantha has focused her practice on women’s health, mental health, and chronic disease management.