Meet rural GP registrar Dr Edward Lee. Encouraged by his rural medical student GP supervisor, he decided to upskill in obstetrics to meet the local community need. He found this terrifying at first, but it’s now the favourite part of his job.
Why did you decide to become a rural GP?
Initially I studied medical science at Sydney Uni, and then went onto study medicine there.
I did work experience at Walcha [an hour’s drive east of Tamworth]. That was when I first thought about what a rural GP does, I liked that the doctor saw patients in the practice, worked in the hospital and would also go to the nursing home; I liked the variety.
What do you like about being rural GP?
I really enjoy the scope of work. You’re definitely part of the community. You don’t have that anonymous feeling – it comes with being part of a smaller community.
I would highly recommend being a rural GP. I recommend coming out and trying it to see if you like it.
Why did you decide to acquire procedural skills to become a rural GP Obstetrician?
I asked the doctor [in Walcha] what the town needed, he said obstetrics, so I decided to study obstetrics.
At first I hated it, I found it terrifying, but now it’s my favourite part of medicine.
As an obstetrics GP I deliver babies. There is no way in Sydney a GP would deliver babies. I’m able to provide antenatal care, I deliver the baby, provide neonatal care and go onto to provide paediatric care. There is great continuity that you could only get being a rural specialist GP.
What’s it like living in Mudgee?
There is so much on offer in Mudgee, it’s a fantastic place to live.
We’re living just out of town, we’ve just bought a place and we’re settling in, it’s been great.
There are no traffic lights, I can get from home to work in five minutes. Sometimes I can get home to see my wife and kids for lunch. If you’re in the city you don’t experience that – you’d be missing out.
Friends visit us and we take them to wineries – they love it. There are great cafés and restaurants, and there are good local sporting communities.
It’s a top spot to come to.
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