Sweet Dreams Anaesthesia Podcast Network
Resident Life Podcast: I started resident life as a way to share some amazing unique stories of doctors I met along my medical journey. Each episode I’m joined by a new guest and our conversation takes anywhere from controversial topics in medicine to simply just experiences that have shaped our decision to pursue a career in medicine. Like any job, being a doctor has its own unique challenges, I hope by sharing our story we can give some insight to you the listener as to what it is that makes us tick.
Happy New Year and today I'm joined by Dr Rob Thomson. Rob is a dual trainee in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia who is currently studying for his fellowship exam. Our conversation starts with Rob explaining his journey from growing up in a rural town to becoming a doctor ((01:49). We then explore the personal and financial sacrifice that comes with dual training and the burden this puts on your other half (10:28). I then ask Rob about the perception of Junior Doctors being wealthy and the hard truth about all the hidden fees that come with being a Junior Doctor (15:34). Rob then shares his wisdom on how to make money work for you as a Junior Doctor and ultimately be financially smart (25:43). We then change topic completely and talk about what makes Intensivist special and that is being experts in difficult family conversations including organ donation (33:17). We finish off our conversation with discussing the legalities of providing end of life care in Queensland (44:18). We packed a lot into this episode and hope you enjoy listening!
Today I'm joined by Dr Jeremy Taylor. Jeremy is Medical Registrar doing his advanced training as a Respiratory Physician. He has recently passed the first part of the Basic Physician Training Exam and he explains the effort required to accomplish this milestone (03:08). He then explains how the physician training program in Australia works and offers his experience of what life is like being a medical registrar and the challenges this brings (07:59). We then delve into the very tricky topic of picking the right speciality training for you and how Jeremy knew he wanted to do Respiratory Medicine through trial and error (16:57). I then ask Jeremy some personal questions of what life was like in rural Canada and how he knew he wanted to work in health care from a young age (27:28). We then compare the brutal reality of trying to get into medical school in Canada vs Australia (37:52). Finally, Jeremey tell the story of how he met Snoop Dogg and worked for him for a day (46:32). We packed a lot into this episode and hope you enjoy listening!
In the first episode of Resident Life I'm joined by Dr Bo Bi. Bo is a rural generalist in her final few months of training. She explains what the training program involves (03:18). Then we take a deep look at the mental health challenges of working in a rural community (16:35) and the stereotypes surrounding being a female doctor in a hospital (30:26). On a brighter topic Bo describes her passion for music and how taking a gap year influenced her medical journey (36:28). Finally we discuss some tips on how to fight fatigue and burnout (44:31) and Bo tell us about her upcoming role with integrating rural medicine with the UQ medical school (51:30). I hope you enjoy listening!
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