Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Laura Tri­este MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, July 1, 2015

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.”

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