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Dr Anthony Park initially did not have any interest in medicine until in
his 3rd year of undergraduate medicine, his passion eventually grew as he
studied the human physiology and had exposure to clinical settings as an
intern. For him to believe that he had made a good career choice took many
years. His words took me by surprise because medical careers are perceived to
be almost a predestined career for a certain someone due to the nature of the
course that is both physically and mentally draining. Even speaking for myself,
I have had the passion for medicine since senior year of high school after
seeing my grandpa undergo many surgeries and treatments for pancreatic cancer
likewise to many other students who enter the field of medicine with the same
mentality. This made me realise that perhaps medicine can be a learned
profession and it does not necessarily have to involve making a concrete
decision before even taking a step into the relevant career pathway. 

 

Alongside to the organisation’s value which is to provide a high-quality
care to patients and their family, Dr Park further highlighted some of his
important responsibilities carried out during his typical day at work. Dr Park
stated as doctors, trust is given to them as they look after patients’ health
when they are most vulnerable and are unable to act for themselves. Thus,
respecting one’s confidentiality and maintaining the trust between a doctor and
a patient is crucial. This made me aware regarding the importance of keeping
patients’ confidentiality, a skill that I have entrusted myself over the years
volunteering at Allowah Presbyterian Children’s Hospital.

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I have also gained insight into Dr Park’s major highlight as a general
practitioner working at a private practice. Dr Park mentioned being appreciated
by patients where they either verbally inform you or is suggested in their
gestures. Also, he discussed how important it is to follow up after a patient
has been treated as a component of palliative care and thus, it is vital that
doctors do reach out to the patient as it is doctor’s duty to listen and take
care of them.  On the other side, some of
the biggest challenges faced in the office include, meeting difficult patients
who are manipulative, aggressive and holding a sense of distrust in the whole
field of medicine, health and government. Dr Park shed light on the different
ways this problem could be combatted by building a relationship in order to
create trust between the doctor and the patient. Like many occupations, meeting
new people is prevalent and I have learned that it is important to have a level
of sympathy to create more meaningful connections and to avoid dismissing their
side of the story by being attentive instead.

 

 

 

6. A reflection on
the information interview experience. What have you learnt? Has this experience
changed the way you would approach an organisation in the future? How does the
information you have gathered help in your future career development?

Through organising and conducting an information interview, it has given
me great insight into the lifestyle, experience, and challenges that a general
practitioner specialising in family medicine faces. Benefits of the information
interview included retrieving the first-hand experience as I investigated Dr
Anthony Park’s successful career and experience in regards to providing a
high-quality care to the patient and their family at Tindale Family Practice.

From discussing the values of the Tindale Family Practice and whether Dr
Park also highly regards them as well, I have learnt the importance of
approaching the right organisation by evaluating their morals and ethics. Dr
Park shared his experience in working at many hospitals varying from a public
to private and discussed the importance of the working environment. Whilst he
encouraged work-life balance, he decided to stay at Tindale Family Practice as
he felt that he was being valued by both colleagues and patients in the Penrith
community. Dr Park also touched upon flexibility in both working hours and
financially, where it prevented from any conflicts between people. Another
reason being is that Tindale Family Practice is run with integrity and honesty
and Dr Park experienced that some practices do cheat the system which goes
against the hospital, doctors and nurses, patients and staff’s values.

Dr Park also shared insight on the demand for people in this field. He
explained that the demand has come down immensely over the years, however, the
competition is still evident with young and new family physicians still coming
out. In response to that, I have asked if there are any ways you could stand
out in the midst of all the competition and he replied that some general
practitioners are more popular than others and this is usually achieved by
going beyond what is expected a doctor, such as showing that you care and
following up patients after they have been treated, also most importantly
making them feel valued.

This will especially help
in my future career development as I experiment working in different clinics to
determine which working environment suits my values the best and in order to
become a successful general practitioner, that working the bare minimum will
prevent you from further developing your career successfully.

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