Doc­tor’s ef­forts re­warded

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - REX­INE HAWES

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.

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