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Dr Rebekah Hoffman

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Working towards preventing burn out in junior doctors.

Academic post location: University of Wollongong – Graduate Medicine, Shoalhaven Campus

Background? Initially I was attracted to academic training due to its flexibility, I was heavily pregnant and working out what I wanted do for extended skills. I had done research before and I really liked it.

Also paid research positions are unusual, so it was a great opportunity.

I had studied at the University of Wollongong and they offered some great options for research so that’s why I’m there.

Research? I’m looking at junior doctors under stress and why they get burnt out – what are the protective factors that can prevent burn out.

I’m also looking at why some junior medical officers don’t get burnt out – they actually succeed and thrive.

Benefits? For me the benefits of academic training are the options – the long-term career options.

It’s allowing me to test the waters for an advanced teaching role. Something I could do in combination with clinical work.

I think that’s what extended skills should be, they should take you outside your comfort zone, outside GP work – I think more of it should be done.

Future? At the moment, I’m planning on starting a PhD, possibly next year depending on family life. I’m planning on continuing the teaching role long term if I can.

I do small group teaching in clinical skills, both the face-to-face- teaching, as well as the behind scenes support is wonderful, I’m loving it.

Recommendation? I would definitely recommend undertaking an academic posting. I recommend to start early, make plans if you want to do it – it’s a wonderful term, so is really worth it.

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