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Doctors weigh in on what they love most about their careers

Medicine, The Health Industry

This February we wanted to celebrate love not just on Valentine’s Day, but all month long. We went right back to Hippocrates himself and agree that “Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity”. But we wanted to know what living, breathing doctors’ love about their career too. Here’s what we found……

Dr Lena Attebo from Life First:

“Being able to give a person such a full picture of their health is powerful and in a health assessment, that’s what you’re getting.

I love my job because so much of what I do is about prevention, either diagnosing early so you can prevent a condition from worsening, or reading the signs that mean you can prevent a disease from developing.

For our regular clients our appointments are more like a visit to a friend once a year – but a friend who gives you homework!

There are stand out cases like a man who came in with his wife for a health assessment. They came because he was worried about her, but I ended up diagnosing cancer in him. He was treated and he came back in one day while I was with another patient. He sat in the waiting room for half an hour until I was free, just so he could thank me!

I love being able to spend a lot of time with people. I think it’s really important that they have time to ask questions, for many of my patients the most important thing is peace of mind. If they can walk away feeling reassured by a really comprehensive consultation, having their questions answered and everything backed up by their test results, then I’m doing a good job.”

Dr Tammra Warby from Foxwell Medical:

Dr Tammra Warby“I work in General Practice on the Gold Coast and have worked in the rural setting. What I love is the diversity of roles you can fill within any speciality of medicine, which can involve seeing patients, doing procedures, teaching and supervision of juniors. It is also a career of life-long learning. There is a great challenge in the skilful use of clinical reasoning to solve problems, as well as the privilege of supporting people to stay healthy in their lives.”

Dr Ryan Harvey from House Call Doctor:

“Seeing patients after hours is very rewarding. Being able to help patients in their own home and make an immediate difference to their lives is an enjoyable part of the work I do. It eases the stress for them when they can’t take themselves to a doctor. The variety of problems I get to solve, and the variety of people I get to meet, are things that I love about this job.”

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