Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - Up Front - WORDS PENNY McLEOD PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SAM ROSEWARNE

Doc­tor Kaylee Jor­dan says anaes­the­sia trainees are ex­pected to do “al­most noth­ing but study” in the year lead­ing up to their fi­nal exam – which partly ex­plains the broad smile and twin­kle in her eye when this pho­to­graph was taken at the Royal Ho­bart Hos­pi­tal in June.

“I was happy to have fin­ished the exam,” says Jor­dan, who achieved first place in the na­tion for her pri­mary exam and re­ceived a merit prize more re­cently for her fi­nal exam.

“They say you need to do 1000 hours of study for it and that there’s no point in sit­ting for the exam if you haven’t.

“I felt re­lief and also a sense of free­dom af­ter com­plet­ing it. It’s great to study some­thing you have a pas­sion for, but it’s nice to have time to do things out­side of work.”

For Jor­dan, that means more time to train for half-marathons, such as the one in which she com­peted last week­end in Syd­ney, and to spend time with her abalone-div­ing hus­band on their mo­tor-cruiser home moored at Ho­bart.

Jor­dan will com­plete her train­ing as an anaes­thetist next year af­ter spend­ing six months at the Royal Mel­bourne Hos­pi­tal and six months at Geelong Hos­pi­tal as part of her Pro­vi­sional Fel­low­ship year. It takes a min­i­mum of 13 years of train­ing to be­come an anaes­thetist.

“There’s a lot I love about anaes­thetic medicine,” she says.

“There’s a good mix of med­i­cal and pro­ce­dural work and there’s quite a big com­mu­nity of anaes­thetists in Tas­ma­nia.

“They put a lot of their own time into pre­par­ing the trainees for the ex­ams and that’s re­flected in the high exam suc­cess rate we have in Tas­ma­nia.”

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