Jean Littlewood aspires to be a rural GP. As a GP Synergy Medical Student Scholarship recipient she took the opportunity to do her general practice community placement in Broken Hill, and loved the experience.
Why did you apply for the scholarship?
To be a rural GP is my goal. I did work experience in high school with a GP in Manilla, it really inspired me to be a GP.
My supervisor suggested applying for the scholarship and I wanted to do a research project that would help with my career as a rural GP.
When I moved to Sydney, I was shocked at the lack of understanding of rural areas, most people had no knowledge of areas outside Sydney. I want to increase awareness of areas outside Sydney.
Tell us about your research project.
I wanted to do a research project about Advanced Care Planning, I had done a Uni assignment on the ethics and legal aspects. I hadn’t seen Advanced Care Planning done very much in the practices I had been in, so I looked for a supervisor in that area and the project developed from there.
I’m looking at rural GP registrars and their use of Advanced Care Planning in training, barriers to its use and the benefits in a rural setting. There isn’t much research about Advanced Care Planning in rural areas.
I got the project together as part of the scholarship – it fitted the bill perfectly.
Tell us about your general practice community placement.
Being in Broken Hill was fabulous, I really loved it! The scholarship includes a two days placement but I thought that was too short, so I spent four days in the Broken Hill GP Super Clinic as well as the weekend to check out the town.
The GP there was a superwoman she was awesome, always busy and she had a real emphasis on preventative health, that was a great fit for my interest in Advanced Care Planning.
I rotated around the different parts of the clinic. I got to hang out with the nurses, which was great, they were able to teach me so much.
Would you recommend applying for a scholarship?
Definitely, doing the research project and placement really gave me a confidence boost about being a GP, it was so inspiring to see what you’re working towards.
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