Doctor’s efforts rewarded
In another life, Dr Greg Dunn says he might have pursued a career as a professional actor.
And recently he took to the stage, not in an acting role, but to receive a distinguished fellowship from the College of General Practitioners.
This is the second fellowship Dunn has received, but this is his first distinguished fellowship.
In 1999 Dunn received his first fellowship from the College of General Practitioners, it’s a fellowship all registered GPs receive after passing training exams.
He said when he received the letter announcing his accolade, ‘‘it blew me away’’.
He was nominated by colleagues and although he doesn’t know who exactly nominated him, he says he has his suspicions.
He was one of seven to receive the distinguished fellowship at a special ceremony in Dunedin.
Dunn says he didn’t start his journey in the medical profession as a GP, instead he chose a short lived career path as a podiatrist.
‘‘After I left college, I didn’t think I was academically able. So I did a three year podiatry qualification and worked for a year. Then I tried to get into medical school and applied to Otago University. I was fortunate to get accepted in the early ‘80s.’’
As a registrar, Dunn spent a few years in a hospital environment, but he knew being a GP was his calling.
And in 1991, he started at the Mata- mata Medical Centre. He received a diploma in obstetrics in 1993 from Auckland University, but by the late 1990s, GPs had moved out of that role.
By 2002 he started training registrars and he has worked alongside and mentored 24 in that time.
‘‘It’s neat to have new doctors coming into the practice. The teacher/pupil relationship is really enjoyable, using teaching methods, sharing knowledge and experience, seeing them grow in confidence is lovely to see.
‘‘It’s amazingly varied to what we can do. They have this focus of what GPs do when they come out of hospital system, then they put their toes in the water and think, wow this is great stuff.’’
While acting on stage is certainly in his blood, Dunn says being a GP is where he belongs and it’s what he loves.