Professor Stephen Tobin

Professor Stephen Tobin

Associate Dean, Clinical Education,
School of Medicine


Stephen graduated in Medicine at the University of Melbourne and trained in General Surgery in Melbourne and Colorectal Surgery in England. He received the ACSGBI prize for best candidate at the Intercollegiate Board examinations in 1992. He then practised in Ballarat as colorectal/general surgeon from 1992-2018. During this time he had sabbatical leave as senior colorectal surgeon in Portsmouth in 2003. Following this, he was awarded FRCS ad eundem and FRCSI. 

Stephen developed his career in clinical medical education as lead supervisor for general surgery in Ballarat for 8 years. During the Ballarat years, Stephen was involved with medical school teaching and the commencement of the Ballarat Clinical Schools of Deakin University and the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. He taught and refined RACS 'Surgeons-As-Teachers', completed Clinical Education studies at UNSW and became RACS Dean of Education in 2012. He completed Masters in Surgical Education related to entrustable professional activities in early surgical trainees and has published book chapters and papers related to medical and surgical education. Stephen was extensively involved in the RACS Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety action plan and associated courses on education, professional behaviours and leadership. Intercollege activities were recognised with FRCS (Edin) ad hominem in 2018.  He left the RACS role in late 2018 and was appointed to the School of Medicine in March 2019. 


This information has been contributed by Professor Tobin.


  • MSurgEd University of Melbourne
  • MBBS University of Melbourne

Professional Memberships

  • CSSANZ (2001)
  • Association Study Medical Education ASME (2009)
  • Fellow, Faculty of Surgical Trainers, RCS Edinburgh (2017)
  • Academy of Surgical Educators, RACS (2013)
  • AMA (1992)
  • ANZAHPE (2009)
  • AMEE (2018)


  • ASGBSI award, Intercollegiate Boards, UK/Ireland 1992-07-24
  • Certificate of Outstanding Service RACS 2019-02-28


  • Work-integrated Learning
  • Feedback Literacy in Medical Education
  • Professional Identity

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Medicine


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Chapters in Books

  • Tobin, S. (2019), 'Entrustable professional activities in surgical education', Advancing Surgical Education: Theory, Evidence and Practice, Springer 9789811331275.
  • Paterson-Brown, S., Tobin, S. and Yule, S. (2016), 'Assessing non-technical skills in the operating room', Enhancing Surgical Performance: A Primer in Non-technical Skills, CRC Press 9781482246322.

Journal Articles

  • Edmiston, N., Hu, W., Tobin, S., Bailey, J., Joyce, C., Cockrell, K. and Mogensen, L. (2023), '"You're actually part of the team" : a qualitative study of a novel transitional role from medical student to doctor', BMC Medical Education, vol 23 .
  • Marjadi, B., Scobie, J., Doyle, K., Tobin, S., Whitton, G., Rollinson, N., Haque, S., Fava, G., Smith, M., Spannenberg, J. and Micheal, S. (2022), 'Twelve tips for engaging students and community partners in medical education', Medical Teacher, vol 44, no 12 , pp 1340 - 1346.
  • Tobin, S. (2022), 'Dialogue and understanding equals effective communication', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 92, no 6 , pp 1298 - 1299.
  • Crebbin, W., Guest, G., Beasley, S., Tobin, S., Duvivier, R. and Watters, D. (2022), 'Learning and teaching stage 4 clinical decision making : progression from novice to expert', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 92, no 9 , pp 2088 - 2093.
  • Tobin, S. (2022), 'Could entrustable professional activities improve surgical residency programs in Australia and New Zealand?', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 92, no 12 , pp 3445 - 3446.
  • To, H., Cargill, A., Tobin, S. and Nestel, D. (2021), 'Remediation for surgical trainees : recommendations from a narrative review', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 91, no 6 , pp 1117 - 1124.
  • To, H., Cargill, A., Tobin, S. and Nestel, D. (2021), 'Remediation of underperformance in surgical trainees : a scoping review', Journal of Surgical Education, vol 78, no 4 , pp 1111 - 1122.
  • Crebbin, W., Guest, G., Beasley, S., Tobin, S., Duvivier, R. and Watters, D. (2021), 'The influence of experience and expertise on how surgeons prepare to perform a procedure', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 91, no 10 , pp 2032 - 2036.
  • Monrouxe, L., Hockey, P., Khanna, P., Klinner, C., Mogensen, L., O'Mara, D., Roach, A., Tobin, S. and Davids, J. (2021), 'Senior medical students as assistants in medicine in COVID-19 crisis : a realist evaluation protocol', BMJ Open, vol 11, no 9 .
  • Tobin, S. and Truskett, P. (2020), 'Professionalism for surgeons', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 90, no 6 , pp 1153 - 1159.
  • Tobin, S. and Watters, D. (2020), 'Communication : an enabling competency', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 90, no 3 , pp 364 - 369.
  • Crebbin, W., Beasley, S., Tobin, S., Guest, G., Duvivier, R. and Watters, D. (2019), 'Judgement : clinical decision-making as a core surgical competency', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 89, no 6 , pp 760 - 763.
  • Watters, D., Smith, K., Tobin, S. and Beasley, S. (2019), 'Follow the leader : followership and its relevance for surgeons', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 89, no 5 , pp 589 - 593.
  • Forel, D., Vandepeer, M., Duncan, J., Tivey, D. and Tobin, S. (2018), 'Leaving surgical training : some of the reasons are in surgery', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 88, no 5 , pp 402 - 407.
  • Vreugdenburg, T., Forel, D., Marlow, N., Maddern, G., Quinn, J., Lander, R. and Tobin, S. (2018), 'Morbidity and mortality meetings : gold, silver or bronze?', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 88, no 10 , pp 966 - 974.
  • Ten Cate, O., Tobin, S. and Stokes, M. (2017), 'Bringing competencies closer to day-to-day clinical work through entrustable professional activities', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 206, no 1 , pp 14 - 16.
  • Tobin, S. (2013), 'The future of surgical education', ANZ Journal of Surgery, vol 83, no 6 , pp 402 - 403.
  • Tobin, S., Gurry, J., Doyle, J., Connell, J. and Vidovich, J. (1988), 'Vascular trauma at a university teaching hospital', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, vol 58, no 11 , pp 873 - 877.
  • Bolton, D., Collopy, B. and Tobin, S. (1988), 'Primary adenocarcinoma of the appendix in an inguinal hernia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, vol 58, no 7 , pp 591 - 593.

Conference Papers

  • Joyce, C., McDonald, J., Parsons, C. and Tobin, S. (2021), 'Time to trust entrustable professional activities : findings from the WSU School of Medicine', Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators. Conference, Online.

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