Wanting to inspire medical students and young doctors to go into a career in rural general practice, Bungendore GP Dr Tom Leach has captured his passion in a video that has been awarded second prize in the 2021 GP Synergy Rural General Practice Video Competition.
Dr Leach recently completed his training to become a specialist GP at Bungendore Medical Centre, an experience he enjoyed so much he has stayed on at the practice as a GP.
“I always thought that I would end up being a GP when I was at medical school, just because I enjoy the interaction with people,” Dr Leach said.
“I finished my training in January, and I don’t really want to work anywhere else, I enjoy it here so much, it’s just a really good practice.
“It’s also that sense of being a member of the community that I think is very different to being in a city practice.
“I’ve spoken to doctors at Canberra Hospital who are at that point in their careers where they are deciding what they’re going to do and a lot of them don’t even consider GP training and the benefits.”
In the three-minute video Dr Leach shares highlights of being a rural GP from responding to emergencies and even seeing a patient who had been struck by lightning, but he really wanted to show off life in Bungendore.
“I enjoy getting my drone out and about and using my GoPro to film my outdoor activities and the local area,” Dr Leach said.
“I had also watched a lot of the videos from the previous years’ competitions and thought I should enter.
“I wanted to try and show the benefits of being a GP here, so I’m really pleased with my prize.”
Georgina van de Water, CEO of NSW and ACT GP training organisation, GP Synergy, congratulated Dr Leach on his video.
“We are delighted at the number of entries we received highlighting the benefits of a career in general practice across rural NSW,” Mrs van de Water said.
“The passion that doctors and practice staff have for their communities and providing them with the best care is clear.
“The videos highlight the professional, personal and community rewards that rural general practice can offer from the perspective of rural GPs themselves’.
“Dr Leach’s video shows that the benefits of rural GP training are such that he, and many other doctors, continue working as rural GPs after they complete training.”
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