Dr Mark Kazzi grew up in Sydney, but after working in rural hospitals he found the job more rewarding and the training opportunities to be more diverse. He chose to relocate to Mudgee for training as he felt the welcoming community was a perfect fit.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I grew up in Sydney and completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney. After working in biomedical research for two years, I developed an interest in medicine and pursued my post-graduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. I have since worked in many hospitals including Westmead Adults, Westmead Childrens and St George/Sutherland Hospitals. Within the last few years, I have also worked in rural hospitals including in Goulburn, Nowra and Coffs Harbour. Outside of work I enjoy cycling and soccer.
Why did you choose to become a GP?
I chose GP because of the impact you can make on the community around you as well as the flexibility in lifestyle. It also provides me with the opportunity to pursue additional training in a variety of fields that I find interesting including paediatrics, emergency and sports medicine.
Why did you choose to train on the Australian General Practice Training Program?
I chose AGPT as it was the natural pathway for me to become an accredited GP. It also provides a program with excellent teaching and support.
What are you most looking forward to about GP training?
I look forward to being able to manage a wide variety of patient presentations and becoming confident in holistic patient care. I also hope to build a connection with those within the community and be able to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of my patients.
What are your long-term career plans?
I am not sure yet however at this stage I am thinking of pursuing additional training in sports medicine and/or paediatrics.
Why did you choose Western NSW/Mudgee?
From my previous experiences working in a rural community I found the job more rewarding and the training opportunities to be more diverse. When I first visited Mudgee, I fell in love with the town – it had a welcoming vibe and all the people were friendly.
The number of vineyards that were around town was astounding and it was very scenic. I found it to be the perfect fit for me in terms of the size of the town and the things that you can do.
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