Why did you choose General Practice?
“General Practice has enticed me since University; I was drawn to the idea of being able to treat patients of all ages in a holistic manner. The ability to do this in the setting of my own consultation room where I can develop a lasting doctor-patient relationship with my patients is something I find very rewarding. In addition, the flexibility in working hours and being able to incorporate a private practice model in medicine was something that very few specialties offer.”
Specifically, why did you choose rural general practice?
“I have always placed having a healthy work-life balance as one of my top priorities in my career. Rural General Practice allows me to practice a breadth and scope of General Practice in an independent manner, while getting to know my local community. The prospect of training in wonderful Gippsland where I can enjoy my hobbies of hiking, fishing, travelling and bushwalking was an opportunity that I found hard to pass up.”
What do you enjoy most about being a GP registrar?
“I enjoy working and training in a supportive practice, where my supervisors are always happy to guide me in being a more competent GP. The ability to formulate a diagnosis and management patients independently is a very rewarding aspect of General Practice. The AGPT Program is also very well structured, with tutorials being held both in the practice and by Eastern Victoria GP Training.”
What has been a highlight of your training?
“There are too many to name! However, a few come to mind that have been particularly rewarding. I found it extremely gratifying to diagnose several patients with Polymyalgia Rheumatica, where their treatments have rapidly improved their symptoms. Having patients return to you and being grateful for your care of their family members and having that trust in you as a practitioner is also something that I find very fulfilling.”
What are your career plans?
“My career plan is to stay rural once I achieve Fellowship. The work-life balance, ease of commuting and a friendly local community are some of the big drawcards to a career and future in Gippsland. Most rural towns in Eastern Victoria are actually conveniently located close enough to Melbourne to spend the weekend there.” “
Career advice for interested doctors.
“If you are thinking that you might be interested in GP, think no more! I would definitely recommend it no matter what stage of training you might currently be in.”