Sunday, 26 April 2015

Adventures in Aotearoa

Greetings from Aotearoa 'Land of the Long White Cloud' (Maori); otherwise known as New Zealand. All I can say is that this is yet another marvellous advert for why you should apply for the Rural Track GP Training Scheme in Scotland! - You are able to spend six months doing something of interest to you, anywhere in the world!

In my case, I have followed Kate (Dixon) and Chris Mulholland's footsteps and am working in a General Practice in northern Otago, South Island. The work experience has been first class, and I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by great colleagues. 

Besides the 'routine' (if there is such a thing!) aspects of daily general practice work, I have had the opportunity to see a lot of emergency presentations. These have ranged from chest pain and suspected strokes, to delivering a baby in the back of an ambulance, to suturing, to ABC management of a posterior tibial artery laceration. Variety is, indeed, the spice of life!

Outside of work, I have been enjoying exploring different parts of the South Island, taking part in a plethora of outdoor activities. I often head into Dunedin (40-minute drive) in the evenings for dancing and musical activities. 

So, this is just a little advert to say that the wonderful Rural Track programme gives you this opportunity to come and explore a different part of the world. 

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