Dr Seren Ovington - GP Synergy

Dr Seren Ovington

Murrumbidgee & ACT

  • Applied for the 2023 AGPT program?

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I was born and raised in Canberra and am a proud Canberran. I grew up playing netball and exploring the beautiful bushland, camping and walking with my family.  I completed a bachelor of science and then my medical degree at the Australian National University. I worked as junior doctor at the Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital Bruce before commencing general practice training in 2020.

Why did you decide to become a GP?

I have always wanted to become a GP because I believe general practice encompasses the best aspects of medicine: diagnostic challenges; varied clinical presentations; preventative and holistic health; and long-term patient relationships. I think being a GP is a very special career that allows you to share people’s health journeys, both the highs and the lows, and to help them out a little along the way.

What attracted you to undertake an academic component to your training?

I have always had an interest in education and writing. I think the academic post is a unique opportunity to explore and gain experience in teaching and research, as well as to gain insight into how teaching and research can be integrated into a career in general practice.

What is your research project about?

My project is a qualitative study exploring the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on general practice. In particular, it is aiming to examine the deeper, more personal impacts of the pandemic – how it has affected GP’s professional identity, their clinical practice, their patient-doctor relationships and their mental health.

What was your motivation for the project?

While it is clear that that COVID 19 pandemic has had a profound impact on general practice, the exact extent of that impact is unknown. I think there is an intellectual and ethical imperative to learn from this massive and devastating world event, in order to guide and support the GP response to the ongoing pandemic and future pandemics, as well as to learn more about the complexities of general practice.

Is your research project part of a larger research project or a stand-alone research?

My research is a stand-alone project, but will hopefully make a valuable contribution to the ever-growing body of research on the COVID 19 pandemic.

What do you see as the benefits, both to yourself, and generally, of undertaking an academic component in your GP training?

The academic post provides a great opportunity to work with and learn from some extremely talented GP academics and to gain valuable skills in medical education and primary care research that will complement and enhance day-to-day clinical practice as a GP.


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