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Dr Pallavi Prathivadi - A remarkable GP career

Dr Pallavi Prathivadi

MBBS, BMedSc (Hons), MMed (Pain Mgt), DCH, FRACGP Academic General Practitioner and PhD Candidate Fulbright Future scholar (Stanford University 2020-2021)

Pallavi is a passionate and dedicated GP who completed her GP Training with EVGPT. Pallavi is a life-long learner and truly enjoys studying, the pursuit of knowledge and exciting others about the potential of medicine and science. 

During her training with us, she incorporated a number of interests into her training and was involved in a variety of professional development projects and research projects. She is also a PHD candidate at Monash University, a Homeward Bound recipient, a 2020 Fulbright Future Scholar and Chair of AMA Victoria Women in Medicine Group. 

Professional Recognition 

Pallavi was a joint winner of the 2018 EV Metropolitan Registrar of the Year and 2019 RACGP Registrar of the Year for Victoria and also took out the National Award. 

Dr Prathivadi reflected on this professional recognition as a “huge honour”. 

“This award is really a testament to how great my workplaces are. I work best when I’m happy; and I’m so fulfilled, supported and happy at both my clinic (MedCentral Knox) and at the Department of General Practice, Monash University. They’re both so accommodating and generous and encouraging of my ambitions.” 

She acknowledged the struggle of balancing work, completing her fellowship training and a PhD – but felt reassured by the award. 

“Managing a full time PhD, part-time clinical practice with my various other roles and responsibilities can be very difficult at times. Luckily, I have an incredible support network of friends and family who seemingly have unlimited patience and understanding!” 

Homeward Bound 

Midway through 2018 Pallavi was selected for the prestigious global leadership initiative Homeward Bound, which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet. She joined 98 women from around the world accepted into the program, which involved the largest ever female expedition to Antarctica in November 2019 after an intensive 11-month program.  

Pallavi shared a reflection of the journey with us. 

It was an exhausting adventure and so rewarding. The other 98 women were incredibly inspiring and accomplished. It really hit me one night when I had dinner and our table of five included a post-doc in astrophysics at Caltech, a Fulbright scholar from Tunisia teaching at Cambridge, a Czech ID physician working as a policy adviser for the Australian government, and the first woman Professor of chemistry in our state. It was so surreal and cool.  

We also visited three research stations; Port Lockroy (the British base), Carlini (the Argentinian base), and the Great Wall (the Chinese base). Unfortunately we had bad weather/ snow/heavy winds and could not reach Palmer (the American base) despite three attempts. The ship and research bases were all pretty excited to have a group of 99 women STEMM leaders visit- it was a novel experience for all, I think.  

I am very grateful to all my sponsors (including EVGPT!!) for helping me to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I now have friends all over the states to visit when I move next year and a global network of world-changing women. I was also really proud to be the only GP in the cohort, although I did get a lot of corridor questions about sore limbs and seasickness! 

Fullbright Scholarship 

Pallavi was Awarded a Fullbright Future Scholarship in 2019 after an arduous application process. She was supported in her application by Professor Neil Spike, EVGPT Director of Medical Education and Training, and Dr Any Morgan, her then Monash Academic Supervisor and EVGPT medical educator. Her application was also supported by Monash University personnel. 

Pallavi aims to pursue her interest in improving opioid prescribing in Australian general practice. 

“Receiving this Fulbright scholarship is life-changing for me. It’s definitely called a career defining scholarship for a reason; the doors that it opens for me personally and professionally- beyond any of my dreams!” 

She had planned to travel to Stanford in July 2020 and spend 10 months there. However due to Covid-10, she has postponed this indefinitely and will reschedule when the situation is safer in both the USA and Australia. She shared her perspective on COVID here. 

We look forward to hearing the next instalment of Pallavi’s remarkable career.  

Dr Billy Stoupas - From registrar to practice owner, with some media on the side.

Dr Vasilios (Billy) Stoupas MBBS, FRACGP, DCH, ClinDipPallCare, BBiomedSci (Hons)

Billy trained with Eastern Victoria GP Training and was a fabulous advocate for GP training and played an active role as a Registrar Liaison Officer, representing registrars on matters related to training 

After Billy Fellowed in early 2019he initially took advantage of the flexibility that general practice offered and dropped his hours down to 3 days a week. The reason being that he and his wife (Monique) were expecting their first child. 

I basically got to choose my hours and be home with my wife and our new baby during the early months. This flexibility was useful as, once a Fellow, there is no paternity leave,” says Billy. 

Not long after this, he was fortunate to be presented with an opportunity to take over a practice in Oakleigh 

“Now I own my own practice called The General Practitioner – Oakleigh & District and have loved every bit of it. It is hard work but at the end of the day I get to have a say in the staff we have and get to create a good working ethos, and that’s what I’ve always wanted.” 

In 2020 Billy also became a presenter on the RACGP’s Generally Speaking podcast series. Billy co-hosts the show with Dr Gill Singleton. 

Well generally speaking I kind of fell into throle. I had done some media training for the RACGP and a couple of months later I got a phone call asking if I would like to take part in a podcast for the college as they had “scouted” me during one of the training sessions! 

As I had already toyed with the idea of doing podcast myself, I was all in, there was a couple of conditions, in particular wanted to have autonomy regarding the content but they really loved the idea of it being a show by GPs for GPs.” 

 “The aim is to inform as many GPs and GP trainees about latest medical developments, give them tips on personal wellbeing, connect GPs by having a common theme (the podcast) and underlying this, aiming to improve the health of the country. “ 

Generally Speaking is published on an open platform which means its international and anyone can listen by finding it on Spotify, or Apple Podcasts etc. Being produced by the RACGP it is however tailored to GPs in Australia including trainees. 

We are hoping to keep the conversation going. We want to continue having high impact and highly knowledgeable guests on the show that can improve our skillset (as a collective) and help us improve the art of general practice.