Academic post location: Australian National University – Academic Unit of General Practice
Background? I’ve done both formal and informal teaching since being an undergraduate and it’s something I enjoy.
Research? My research project is about finding out about the experiences of doctors in training and how they care for patients, it has an underlying focus on empathy. It’s qualitative research through interviews with prevocational and vocational interns and registrars training on different pathways.
Why? I’ve always been interested in research and teaching. I think that general practice is an area that research is undervalued in. I have some great mentors so it’s a great chance for experiencing research in a general practice setting.
Benefits? Being a GP offers flexibility for work-life balance, we have a one year old, and my wife is in medical training in radiology.
Research whilst on salary is generally impossible as researchers are generally reliant on grants to do their work.
Future? Ideally, I would like to be associated with an academic unit focussed on oncology and primary care.
My teaching skills will also help me in getting experience to be a Medical Educator with GP Synergy.
Recommendation? It’s a great opportunity to get experience under good supervision. If you want the variety of research and training then this is for you.
It’s both good for your career and personal development. Academic training is really awesome, and it’s a great time to do it!
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