Why GP: Dr Ramya Raman
We asked WAGPET GP registrar Dr Ramya Raman what she loves about being a GP.
Why did you choose a career in GP?
I chose general practice because I enjoy practising internal medicine. The diversity of patients makes my day very interesting. It can vary from simple upper respiratory tract infections to the initial diagnosis of cancer or chronic illnesses. It is rewarding to be able to make the diagnosis and follow up with the patient on a regular basis. It is equally rewarding to be learning on the job everyday and having the flexibility to shape my career and improve my skill set.
What do you love about being a GP?
I enjoy seeing patients of all age groups which provides variety and the opportunity to be ‘jack of all trades’! I love talking to my patients and being part of their ongoing care, which could span over many years and generations.
What are some of the biggest challenges?
Family medicine is a rewarding profession; nevertheless, it can also be an isolating speciality. I see the need to cultivate and maintain a working and cordial relationship with colleagues within and outside the practice. That, to me will enable opportunities to engage regularly in clinical and social gatherings, ensuring a desirable balance and reduce the impact of isolation.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in GP?
My only advice is, choose family medicine as a profession if you are passionate about it, because being passionate will ensure you enjoy your job everyday!