Tina Chiang

'Being a GP is a privilege'

Tina joined the General Practice Education Programme in 2019 and says it's a wonderful programme.

“The year of seeing patients independently gives you such a good foundation. I feel it gave me a sound coverage of various conditions, which has been invaluable for my current work.”

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Musab Hassan

"Getting to know the patients… having a young family myself, helping patients in a similar situation is very rewarding."

“I would encourage trainees to roll with the punches. Accept that you’ll make mistakes along the way – make mistakes and learn from them. 

"Make use of your peers and teachers and enjoy your first year when there’s no pressure; it’s all about observing and learning about what it is to be a GP.” 

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Jade Robertson

Variety is the spice of life, as the saying goes, and Dr Jade Robertson can certainly attest to it!

Jade currently works at Massey Medical Centre on the Massey University campus in Palmerston North, as well as being a medical educator for the region and volunteering for the sexual assault service in a forensic capacity.

“I enjoy the challenge that variation brings...I think it keeps you active, you are constantly learning in those areas."

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Kunjay Patel

Dr Kunjay Patel (known as KJ) came to New Zealand from the UK where he was born and raised by his doctor parents. At the age of five, he wanted to be either a doctor or a stuntman.

“Having been here (New Zealand) long enough now, I’ve seen young children turn into teens. I’ve seen teens go off to university, I’ve seen university students come back and become parents. I’ve seen fantastic workers retire, and I’ve escorted people in their final phases of their life into their death."

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Vicki Mount 

Dr Vicki Mount worked in the health sector for more than 10 years before embarking on her medical training, now she's a College-employed first-year GP registrar.

“General practice is a wonderful, practical career and a really nice counterbalance to research. I want to do both because each informs the other."

 

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Brendan Marshall

Dr Brendan Marhsall is a Greymouth GP and rural hospital specialist and the first to complete advanced NZ obstetrics training.

"To have achieved this (advanced NZ obstetric training) is a real feather in New Zealand’s cap, especially in terms of GP training that’s been offered for the first time – the results trumped Australia’s results, who have been providing it for many years."

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