Tell us a little bit about your background.
I grew up in the old town of Suzhou in East China.
I was working as a registered nurse in Sydney when I decided to become a doctor. I then went on to study postgraduate medicine at Flinders University in Adelaide. As a junior doctor I was fortunate to get some rural experience in Orange and Darwin.
Why did you decide to become a rural generalist?
I loved my obstetric experience as a medical student and I also enjoy the continuity of care that general practice offers. Being a rural generalist with obstetric skills is the happy medium where I get the best of both worlds!
What are you enjoying about rural general practice?
I started my GP training in Cowra three months ago.
I’ve found the patients are appreciative and welcoming – they make sure I’m adjusting ok to the town and getting the most out of the country lifestyle.
I especially enjoy the agriculture lessons I receive from my patients!
Relocating to a new town during the COVID pandemic has been challenging but my colleagues in the practice and the hospital have helped me settle in with delicious home cooked meals and cuddly farm animals.
What attracted you to undertake your GP training in Cowra?
I got to know about Cowra when I did my DRANZCOG Advanced training in Orange. I was always impressed by the quality of referrals from Cowra.
I met Dr Louise Baker and Dr Teena Downton from Cowra when I was deciding on where to undertake my GP training. They, and other very experienced rural GPs, have welcomed me with open arms and have continued to support me along the way.
In Cowra I’m getting exposed to a great variety of patients in the rooms, maternity unit, ED, and the wards. The practice staff have been supportive of my training needs.
There is an awesome little community of GP trainees, and recently fellowed GPs here.
How do you hope/intend to use your procedural skills into the future?
I hope to stay in the Central West to look after people at all stages of their lives and also provide quality obstetric care where they live.
Would you recommend becoming a rural generalist to others?
I would recommend being a rural generalist – there’s never a boring day as a country GP, and it’s a great feeling to be a part of the community.
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