Community Spotlight: Dr Murray Nixon
It is really rewarding to see registrars go through the program and become excellent GPs and, sometimes, supervisors.
Q: Why did you choose a career in medical education?
A: Having enjoyed working as a full-time general practitioner, I was keen to do more to help maintain the high standard of general practice in Western Australia. Before stepping into my role as a medical educator with WAGPET, I worked with them as a GP supervisor, ECT visitor and Supervisor Liaison Officer so it was an easy progression.
Q: What do you love most about your role as Clinical Director Medical Education? What are some of the challenges?
A: I love being part of the team at WAGPET. I get to work alongside some great people. It is really rewarding to see registrars go through the program and become excellent GPs and, sometimes, supervisors. I also love working with enthusiastic practices and supervisors. One of the biggest challenges I face is working with registrars who fail their exams or are unable to complete the program. I just wish them the best for their future and hope that they find a fulfilling career elsewhere.
Q: What advice would you give to someone new working in medical education?
A: Enjoy the job, have a laugh. What we do is important but not usually life and death.
Pick up the phone. Most problems can be resolved by talking to people.
Get to know your registrars. You may be more important to them than you think.