Damian’s pursuit of variety and continuity of care led him into general practice, a decision that has changed his life and helped him find professional satisfaction.
“I always knew I liked variety and Emergency Medicine appealed to me for that very reason, however the lack of continuity of care felt quite unnatural for me. I had no connection with the patient beyond that initial encounter, the outcome of their condition and how they were afterwards remained unknown. I realised for me professional satisfaction was going to be gained by going along the entire journey with the patient and their families, not just by intervening at a snapshot in time.”
“I also love variety and the challenges it brings clinically. Also for me a work life balance was important. My partner and I had barely spent an evening or weekend together in years due to the shift-based nature of hospital work.”
“Something I really enjoy is the clinical independence that general practice offers. I now have the capacity and independence to practice in a way that is reflective of me and my values.”
Damian has enjoyed the opportunities offered during his training. In 2019 he undertook a Registrar Liaison Role, liaising with registrars and management. In 2020 he is undertaking a post with EV as a Registrar Medical Educator.
“I chose the RME post medical education is a passion of mine. I also feel like if you want to constitute significant change and improvement in the system this is the best way to do so. Helping to educate and learn from each other is the best way we can help our patients.”
Damian has special interests in women’s reproductive rights and sexual health which he can persue through his clinical practice.
“As a GP you have a real opportunity to instigate change and the total privilege of being part of a patient’s life. The last few months of my career have been the most rewarding to date and I would strongly recommend a career in General Practice to any doctor considering their future career.”