Record number of new doctors join Mackay Hospital and Health Service ranks
THE Daily Mercury caught up with seven of the 45 new doctors asking: Why did you get into medicine and what are your career ambitions?
“I suppose it was two-fold: one, it’s an innately very rewarding career helping and assisting people through their difficult medical issues. Secondly it’s an incredible challenge and I think there’s so much opportunity for personal growth in such a difficult and challenging career.
I want to work in acute medicine and remote and rural medicine; if I can marry those two up it would ultimately be the dream.”
“I just want a fulfilling career helping people. Its been a fun journey throughout and I just wanted to do something fun with my life and not be stuck in an office.
I would like to do anaesthetics in the future and volunteer overseas where medical help is needed.”
“For me there were many factors, one was influence from family members – my dad’s a doctor and I felt what he was doing was very noble. I was in the army as well back in Singapore and I worked in a medical centre, and I thought what these medical officers do is really wonderful. Currently I think I’m more inclined towards general practice and interacting with the general population.”
“I’ve always had my sights set on medicine, ever since primary school. It’s just very fulfilling and diverse, there’s a lot of opportunities in it and there’s never a dull moment. I really wanted a career where I could give back to the community I come from. I’m not 100 per cent sure on my speciality, early days yet, but I do want something that will really give me a connection with patients.”
“I got into medicine to blend in my academic pursuits and curiosity into something that’s useful and practical. I’d like to become part of the community and apply myself to the community to help people. General medicine, internal medicine and hospital medicine are options.”
“I’m from a small town and doctors were a big part of the town. I wanted a career that could take me anywhere and I could make a meaningful change in the community. I want to be a rural generalist as I think you can make a real difference in the community. I want to do international work.”
“I changed professions simply because I needed to do something to help people and to give me satisfaction in life. I used to be a property developer and moved on and I needed this to make myself happy. There’s a few specialities I enjoy and would love to get into.”