Undertaking his GP training on the composite pathway, Dr Huan Doan is enjoying his rural rotation in Narrabri where he has found the community welcoming and the clinical work varied and interesting. It’s a move he’d definitely recommend.
Tell us a little bit about your background
I’m originally from Brisbane where I studied pharmacy before deciding on studying medicine in Tasmania. I’ve since worked in Newcastle for my intern and RMO years before moving to Narrabri to commence my GP term.
Why did you decide to become a GP?
I was originally very keen on going down the surgical pathway (urology in particular) but as I worked more, I found that I was rarely able to follow up on patients in the long term. Whereas in GP I could do that but also provide care on other aspects of their health rather than just one body system. Also, the end of shift work was quite appealing!
What have you liked the most about your GP community-based training?
Having the opportunity and time to get to know patients and understand their needs and the barriers to receiving the care they need. This is definitely a luxury that while working in hospital I rarely had.
I’ve really enjoyed the ability to follow the long term progress of patients. It’s always very rewarding to see positive outcomes over an extended period of time and knowing that I’ve somehow been able to contribute to it even if it is a small impact.
Why did you decide to train on the composite pathway?
To be honest I decided when I received the offer! In saying that though, I’m glad I’ve chosen to train on this program. It’s allowed me to work in areas with different needs and challenges compared to urban areas. I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering it!
Why did you decide to stay for another term in Narrabri?
I decided to stay in Narrabri for another term because of the exposure to different medical presentations compared to what you may expect in metro areas. Not only that, but with relatively limited access to medical specialties you have more of an opportunity to manage complex presentations, which I think let’s you develop better as a doctor. I still enjoy acute medicine and working in Narrabri allows that by offering work in the hospital here as a visiting medical officer.
Outside of work the community itself have been very welcoming which has made it difficult to leave after just 6 months, and the supervisors are more than supportive, they go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable at work!
What are your long-term career plans (if you know yet)?
I’m not too sure yet! I’m just enjoying life as a GP registrar for the time being!
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