PRESCRIPTION TO DO THE JOB PASSION, PATIENCE MUSTS TO BE GP
THERE was no chance for Dr Kooshyar Karimi to ease in to his first job as a general practitioner in Iran.
“The first patient that came to me was asking for a home visit,” he said.
“I went to the house and his mother and law had passed away and he wanted me to check the body and give a death certificate.”
After seven years of studying medicine he was prepared for the situation and well aware that it is not a job you choose because it is easy.
“It’s a very tiring job, you have to love it otherwise you will give up,” he said.
“Lifestyle-wise it’s easy because you don’t have night shifts or get called in the middle of the night but you have to know everything about everything.”
Today, Dr Karimi is medical director at Plus Medical Clinic in Parramatta.
He has been practising in NSW since 2002, after spending two years completing the Australian Medical Council exams and working odd jobs in between.
“Australia has one of the highest standards of medicine in the world,” he said.
“Doctors are monitored so closely that you can hardly be a really poor doctor and practice for a long time.”
He spent many years working in emergency medicine in rural hospitals all around the state as it is a requirement for overseas trained doctors to spend at least 10 years working in areas of workforce shortage.
Dr Karimi said you need patience and a belief in your ability to deal with difficult and confusing situations.
“You learn every day. Medicine is always changing so you’ve got to study your journals,” he said.
He said passion is essential to do the job and money should not be the motivator.
“It is not until you are in your 40s when you start getting wealthy,” he said.
“It takes a long time to establish yourself.”