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?

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“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.”

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