Undertaking his GP training on the composite pathway, Dr Huan Doan is enjoying his rural rotation in Narrabri where he has found the community welcoming and the clinical work varied and interesting. It’s a move he’d definitely recommend.
Tell us a little bit about your background
I’m originally from Brisbane where I studied pharmacy before deciding on studying medicine in Tasmania. I’ve since worked in Newcastle for my intern and RMO years before moving to Narrabri to commence my GP term.
Why did you decide to become a GP?
I was originally very keen on going down the surgical pathway (urology in particular) but as I worked more, I found that I was rarely able to follow up on patients in the long term. Whereas in GP I could do that but also provide care on other aspects of their health rather than just one body system. Also, the end of shift work was quite appealing!
What are you looking forward to about GP community-based training?
Having the opportunity and time to get to know patients and understand their needs and the barriers to receiving the care they need. This is definitely a luxury that while working in hospital I rarely had.
Why did you decide to train on the composite pathway?
To be honest I decided when I received the offer! In saying that though, I’m glad I’ve chosen to train on this program. It’s allowed me to work in areas with different needs and challenges compared to urban areas. I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering it!
What do you like about starting your training in Narrabri?
The town has definitely been welcoming since I’ve arrived here and the supervisors are more than supportive, they go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable at work!
What are your long-term career plans (if you know yet)?
I’m not too sure yet! I’m just enjoying life as a GP registrar for the time being!
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