Dr Shani Rajasekera - GP Synergy

Dr Shani Rajasekera

Murrumbidgee & ACT

  • Applied for the 2023 AGPT program?

Why did you decide to become a GP, and a rural generalist in particular?

I was fortunate to meet some really knowledgeable and skilled GPs as a medical student in Armidale and as an intern in Wagga Wagga that really made an impression on me. I really enjoy the breadth of medicine you come across in general practice and particularly in rural generalism you need to know more and do more so whilst it is really challenging you really get to expand your skills.

What do you like most about community-based training?

Especially working in a rural town like Temora you really do get to provide wholistic care to patients whether that be in the GP office, the emergency department or hospital. Working alongside some very experienced and skilled practitioners is also a highlight.

Why did you choose to undertake your AST in emergency medicine?

I went a Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST) course run by ACRRM and again met a range of really skilled, knowledgeable and inspiring GPs and found under their guidance I came to enjoy acute emergency medicine. Also, Wagga ED is dedicated to upskilling rural generalists because they understand and support the important role GPs play in providing initial emergency care in rural towns so it was an easy choice to stay on after my internship and residency to complete my AST.

How do you balance your GP practice and emergency medicine responsibilities at the hospital?

I work four days a week in general practice as opposed to five which gives me a bit more flexibility to accommodate some of the more exhausting on-call shifts.

What do you enjoy about living and working in the Murrumbidgee region, and Temora specifically?

Temora is a very friendly place and has recently had some lovely new cafes spring up. I also love being outside and this region has some beautiful landscapes so whether that is by walking around Lake Centenary in Temora or the Wirdajuri Trail in Wagga, or mountain biking or orienteering there are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors.

What are your career plans after fellowship?

Enjoying not having to study for a little while!

 

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