Dr Ryan Lui chose to train on a composite training pathway so he could experience rural medicine. Undertaking his first training term in Sydney, Ryan then moved to Dubbo where he has enjoyed the experience and the supervision he has received, he has chosen to continue his training in Western NSW.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I’m a graduate of the University of New South Wales medical school from 2015. I underwent a broad range of rotations in medicine, critical care and surgery across multiple large metropolitan and smaller affiliated hospitals before entering general practice in 2020. I completed my first GP training term in Sydney, moving to Dubbo for my second term.
Why did you decide to become a GP?
Although I greatly enjoyed my terms during internship and residency, I could not decide between specialties and I liked the diversity of presentations across specialties. Undertaking subsequent terms in critical care for the diversity of presentations, I realised that I was also interested in continuity of care. Starting GP training I have been able to practice both the breadth and depth of medicine that I wished for.
What have you enjoyed most about GP community-based training?
Community-based training provides a great breadth of presentations. There are also ample opportunities to follow-through cases in depth after specialist referral. It is a great privilege as a general practice trainee to be able to have a bird’s eye view in coordinating wholistic patient care. It also very rewarding to see the quality of life of patients improve as we continue treatment.
There is also the opportunity to see patients from all walks of life for a multitude of presentations from trivial to serious, from acute to chronic, on a daily basis. This is especially true in rural settings.
I have been very fortunate to have Dr George Dawoud and Dr Amal Tadros as my supervisors at DubboCare Family Practice where I continue my GP training.
Why did you decide to train on the composite pathway?
I chose the composite pathway as I was interested in experiencing rural medicine.
With many GP training campaigns featuring the possibility for becoming a rural generalist with opportunities to practice all aspects of medicine, I chose the composite pathway hoping to experience this breadth of opportunities in rural medicine. I was delighted during my rural term to find this complexity of medicine which I was seeking. This meant that I was able to put to good use my knowledge and experience from previous rotations from trauma to psychiatry, from medicine to surgery and critical care.
It is a truly rewarding experience and I have chosen to continue my training in Western NSW.
What have been the best aspects of training and living in Dubbo?
Dubbo is wonderful rural city with a population of around 38,000 people. It has the best features of both a city and a country town. It is filled with great restaurants and bars, and yet it is calm and fresh. If you prefer a night out in Sydney once in a while, the airport is just a few minutes away from anywhere in Dubbo, and there are multiple flights daily, with Sydney being only an hour away. As a city centre, there are many major department stores and specialty stores. There are plenty of sights around Dubbo including wineries in Mudgee, The Capertree Valley (second biggest Canyon in the world, and larger than the Grand Canyon), and Wellington Caves. Dubbo itself also features a Taronga Zoo, and a large golf course. The community is also very welcoming and friendly.
If you’d like to know more about training in Western NSW, explore the towns in the subregion.