Why GP: Dr Jonathan Ramachenderan
It was 6:30am as I boarded my flight from Albany to Perth. I was heading to a WAGPET board meeting later that day.
It was dark and the chilly wind was fresh as it hit my chest, it reminded me that I should have worn warmer clothes!
But I was excited.
Dr Bastian Seidel, the RACGP president was attending our meeting and was going to talk about his perspective on the future of general practice training and brief us as a board.
But my excitement was more than meeting Bastian.
It was the thrill of finding and doing something that I loved in medicine, something that I never expected to be involved in as looked forward in my career as a GP registrar, working in governance and leadership.
I couldn’t think of anything that I would love more than waking up at 4:30am on that chilly morning in May, working out, reading and catching a flight to serve as a director.
I had passed the Monday Morning Test.
The Monday Morning Test is an idea that I developed, which speaks to your passion, dedication and enthusiasm about your job on those supposedly dreaded Monday mornings.
The one thing that I love about general practice as a vocation, is that you can mould your career towards your passion, your innate skill and align it with your personal philosophy.
Using this idea and since receiving my fellowship in 2014, I’ve slowly crafted my ideal practice as a procedural country GP.
It took me a number of years to develop and realise that my personal philosophy in medicine is to solve problems and relieve unnecessary suffering.
This aligns very closely with my core work as an aged and palliative care GP, WAGPET Board director and GP anaesthetist. Whilst they may seem like poles apart, anaesthesia and aged and palliative care are related as they both offer patients the relief of suffering, whether acute, existential or chronic.
General practice is the perfect vehicle for doctors who want to craft their own unique practice, which fulfils their deep inner passion, aligns with their life philosophy but also contributes immensely to their local community.
My encouragement to you is to spend some time thinking about your own personal philosophy and whether you are living this out each day and passing the Monday Morning Test.
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