Jasmine De Giovanni - GP Synergy
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Jasmine De Giovanni

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A 2017 GP Synergy Medical Student Scholarship recipient, Jasmine has had her research published in Menopause (the Journal of the North American Menopause Society) and her findings have been presented at RACGP GP20, Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Conference 2020, 26th WONCA Europe Conference 2021.

Tell us a little bit about your paper?

The risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) prescribing is a complex issue that many GP registrars face. After the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative study in 2002, prescribing of MHT decreased markedly. We wanted to see if there was a trend in prescribing of MHT by GP registrars from 2010-2019. What our results showed was that there was no significant trend over time.

How did you come up with the topic?

I have always been interested in women’s health and on talking to the ReCEnT team we saw that no one had looked into menopause management by GP registrars in Australia. Initially we looked at the prevalence and associations of GP registrar consultations addressing menopausal symptoms and then decided to look deeper into menopausal hormone therapy considering it has been so controversial.

Why did you apply for the GP Synergy Medical Student scholarship?

The GP Synergy scholarship looked like such an amazing opportunity to be involved in research. I was keen to learn more about research techniques and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to be taught good research skills and be supported throughout a project. The rural GP placement looked like a great way to experience life as a rural GP and learn more about the specialty.

Did you enjoy the placement you undertook as part of the scholarship?

My placement was in Singleton, NSW. I really learnt what it meant to be a rural GP and the sort of challenges that you face on a daily basis. It was great to see the added procedural skills the GPs had and extra responsibilities that came with the job such as working in the local hospital.

Would you recommend the GP Synergy Medical Student Scholarship to other medical students?

I would definitely recommend the scholarship to any medical student who was interested in learning more about research and about being a general practitioner. This scholarship allowed me to meet and work with so many great people and find some amazing mentors. I learnt so many skills that I will carry throughout my professional career and have had so many opportunities, such as presenting at the WONCA conference, that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

What does the future hold (if you know!)?

I’ve changed my mind about specialty training a few times but I’m currently really enjoying my rural emergency term and the challenges it brings so maybe something along the emergency medicine path.