What do you love most about your job?
There are hundreds of reasons to love medicine. There is something for everyone and you can do anything, anywhere once you start to specialise. The thing I love most about my job is the complex, dynamic and rewarding nature of caring for patients along with the continued pursuit of excellence in your field. There is no chance to get bored.
Remembering back to your first few weeks in the hospital, what was it like? Did it meet your expectations?
Full on! It was a whirlwind of intensity, rushed lunches, late finishes and a lot of memories, happy and sad. Everyone is the same when they start, inexperienced and timid, but after a few weeks you emerge roaring to go. The nice thing is that no one can forget what its like starting and there is so much support around, especially the PGY2 house officers.
When you’re starting out you’ll have a lot of ‘first times’, the good, the bad and the ugly. Everyone has them, you’ll learn heaps and at some point say the classic line ‘they never taught me this in med school’. Re expectations - To be honest, nothing in medicine is ever quite what I expect, to this day, so really I had no idea..I have no regrets though.
Why did you pick the specialty you did & what is it like being part of a training programme?
I chose ENT for a number of reasons, but mainly the people. As a house officer and a registrar I was always impressed by my seniors and consultants. They really seemed to enjoy their work, were relaxed and approachable and really cared about there patients. ENT has a good patient centered care culture, as well as a good mix of acutes/elective and clinic from newborns to elderly with a mix of cosmetic/functional procedures to complex head and neck cancer care. It is a varied and complex specialty that keeps you on your toes.
To me STONZ represents a union that offers protection and benefits to it members, whilst approaching the relationship with our employers collaboratively, keeping training and patients at the center of it all. SToNZ realises that not all RMOs fit the same mold and keep that central in the development of safer rosters and better working conditions.