Dr Terence Heng has been involved in registrar training for many years. Sharing his experience with registrars and watching them grow into competent caring independent practitioners has been the most fulfilling part.
“My initial interest was in pursuing a career in spine surgery but the temptation of what GP had to offer was too hard to resist. It allowed me to use all the skills I had gained studying medicine to develop long therapeutic relationships with my patients. The work in a dynamic group practice allows us a collegiality that is quite unique given the broad dimension of work we are asked to cover.”
“I have had the privilege of being involved in various work groups outside of my own general practice which has certainly added various flavours to my professional career.
“Having a team of home-grown GPs who have great clinical skills allows the clinic on the whole to provide more comprehensive services to the community and work more effectively with our specialist colleagues.”
Terence owns two practices, Vermont Health Care and Nunawading Clinic. The practices have up to 20 GPs including 2-3 registrars at any one time.
“We have 3 accredited EV supervisors. The majority of our GPs were previous registrars in the practice who have chosen to stay on. We are also involved in medical student placements.”
“All the registrars have enjoyed the teaching sessions we provide here. It certainly is more than the requirement stipulated by EV. The exposure to various special interest areas like aged care, skin cancer and orthopaedics/ musculoskeletal injuries has been appreciated. We hold an online internal group forum where learning is shared and also have weekly education meetings to learn from all the GPs and visiting specialists.”
The practice also has 5 nurses, psychologist, physiotherapists, podiatrists and pathology collection sites at both practices. Extra services include nursing home visits servicing 5 RACFs, 4 supported residential services, urgent care for Eastern Football league, pre-employment screening, skin cancer diagnosis and management, and a fracture clinic in collaboration with Eastern Health.
“We do a lot of procedural work at our practices. We do skin cancer surgery including simple grafts and flaps and the usual joint and tendon injections. I also work as a surgical assistant doing 4 lists a month in areas of Spine, colorectal, General, O&G and orthopaedic surgery.”
The practices are offer registrars great support professionally in a collegiate setting.
“I’d like to think we get on well and often we have shared lunches together and stay back after work to chat about life and work.”
Terence finds the community very welcoming of registrars.
“It’s quite a cosy feel especially in our smaller clinic in Nunawading. Vermont Health Care covers the afterhours work and patients are happy to travel between the 2 clinics for the medical care. The patients are used to having GP registrars and medical students.”
As busy as Terence is, he places great value in his family and home life.
“Thankfully, I have a very supportive wife and 2 young children which provides me an amazing home to come back to after a big day.”