Why I want to be a family doctor
Family Doctor Week – July 21 to 27
Clare Vincent of Ballarat, Victoria is 25 and is a medical student in her final year. She is the current Vice President (External) of the Australian Medical Students’ Association.
Originally from West Gippsland, Ms Vincent wants to build a medical career in rural Australia.
“I have loved my general practice rotation this year. I thought it was such a good variety and very interesting medicine,” she says.
“I enjoyed the combination of procedural skills and then the continuity of care with the patient. I was lucky enough to see quite a few of them for second appointments. It was a five-week rotation, but I am doing my elective within a general practice as well. I have learned so many procedural skills.
“Rural generalism is where I see myself. I want to provide a service to a rural area.
“I did my Honours in a hospital and I loved the environment of being in a hospital. I didn’t really enjoy the cell-based research that I was doing, so I decided to give medicine a go … and I have loved every minute of it.
“The best subjects are ethics, legal and professionalism. I’d love to come back and do some teaching with junior doctors one day. Pay it forward.
“It’s a privilege to walk through any moment with a patient. As a student it’s even more of a privilege because they are letting you be a part of something quite emotional to them and let you learn from it.
“I’m thankful to patients who have let me in the room and let me a part of their care. It has really helped my education and I remember them for that.”
Published: 15 Jul 2019