Territory Stories

Flinders NT Matters

Details:

Title

Flinders NT Matters

Creator

Flinders University

Collection

Flinders NT Matters; E-Journals; PublicationNT

Date

2013-04-01

Location

Adelaide

Notes

This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Language

English

Subject

Northern Territory Clinical School; Medical education; Medical colleges; Northern Territory; Periodicals

Publisher name

Flinders University

Place of publication

Adelaide

Volume

vol 7 issue 1 Apr 2013

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright

Copyright owner

Flinders University

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/245406

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/587466

Page content

16 16 168/04/2013 Placement in Katherine is placement in the Promised Land. It has everything you could possibly need and more. If you want to be baptized into medicine with a meek drizzling then Katherine is not for you. Katherine is full immersion. K-town, as the cool people call it (apparently), is a beautiful town- about 10 minutes from Katherine Gorge an incredibly picturesque part of the world. The placement has everything you could possibly need and more. Katherine goes beyond biomedical medicine. You will learn how to work around highly convoluted social scenarios entailing everything including physical, mental, spiritual, social and cultural health. Expect to have all prior beliefs challenged. Openness is paramount. The medicine in Katherine is highly challenging. Tropical, O&G and paediatric medicine is plentiful. Trauma is plethoric. Of all the unexpected things offered in Katherine the most valuable thing is yet to be mentioned. Let me set the scene: Flinders University requires that all students be assigned a mentor for the final 3 years of their course. The purpose of this mentor is not to teach students clinical skills, but rather, give the student someone who can answer queries and give career guidance. I think I can be forgiven for reacting cynically to Flinders proposition. I reacted poorly to the situation principally because our mentors were assigned to us and secondly because getting to know our mentor required the filling out of a pro forma. I was so discouraged by the whole process that I came to the conclusion that mentorship was null and void. Welcome to Katherine. As part of our teaching here we have sessions on public health from an experienced GP and public health physician, Assoc. Professor Fred McConnell. This gentleman from the bush is sincerely a gem amongst the rough. He is eloquent, intelligent, has lived through and seen medicine evolve, and has truly had great opportunity to sit back and assess his thoughts. My sessions with him, that have been one on one, have shown me what mentorship should be. A mentor should be someone who YOU choose to guide you, someone who shares your philosophies. Meeting Fred rejuvenated my faith. I have been lucky this year. I have decided to do some extracurricular study and through doing so have met a second, equally important mentor. This one, Professor Paul Ward shares many philosophies with me, but not only that, his approach to work, efficiency and pragmatism is something I seriously respect. People differ in their priorities and views in medicine and no ideology trumps another. This is exactly why personalization and choice becomes fundamental in student mentorship. Robert Short-Burchell Year 3. Flinders NTMP student Katherine, a town going above and beyond Robert Short-Burchell Le : Robs Mentor, Associate Professor FredMcConnellintroducesstudentstothe Katherinearea. Katherine Remote Clinical School News 16


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain the names, voices and images of people who have died, as well as other culturally sensitive content. Please be aware that some collection items may use outdated phrases or words which reflect the attitude of the creator at the time, and are now considered offensive.

We use temporary cookies on this site to provide functionality.
By continuing to use this site without changing your settings, you consent to our use of cookies.