Vanisi Prescott 

Dr Vanisi Prescott is a GPEP year 3 registrar. Juggling work and study is a challenge, but she says the General Practice Education Programme has been a great support along the way

“The programme is very structured, which I really like. In our group we study together and help each other, and we’ve all become good friends.”

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Liam Watson

Dr Liam Watson is a GPEP year 1 registrar based in Northland. Working rurally, Liam says he  loves the work, people, and has had the privilege of taking on medical issues he wouldn’t deal with in more urban centres. 

“We’re a bit of a one stop shop as we run an acute walk-in clinic, and you never know what is going to come through the door, from chest pains to minor injuries – it keeps me using a variety of skills that would otherwise fall by the wayside.

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Lily Fraser 

Dr Lily Fraser is a Fellow of the College and Clinical Director at Turuki Health Care in Mangere, Auckland.

Lily chose to work at Turuki Health Care because she wanted to work with Māori. "I have a passion for supporting our own people to have good health".

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Jason Tuhoe

Dr Jason Tuhoe is a Fellow of the College and says the GP life chose him.

“I saw during my training that general practice is about relationships and I couldn’t get that in the same, meaningful way in a hospital."

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Melissa Austen

Melissa is a GPEP year 2 registrar based in Wellington. She works at both Karori Medical Centre and Evolve Youth Health Service; a non-profit, free healthcare service for high-needs rangatahi based in central Wellington. She is currently working to set up a similar service for rangatahi based in Porirua.

“I love helping young people better understand their health.”

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Tina Chiang

'Being a GP is a privilege'

Tina joined the General Practice Education Programme in 2019 and says it's a wonderful programme.

“The year of seeing patients independently gives you such a good foundation. I feel it gave me a sound coverage of various conditions, which has been invaluable for my current work.”

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Musab Hassan

"Getting to know the patients… having a young family myself, helping patients in a similar situation is very rewarding."

“I would encourage trainees to roll with the punches. Accept that you’ll make mistakes along the way – make mistakes and learn from them. 

"Make use of your peers and teachers and enjoy your first year when there’s no pressure; it’s all about observing and learning about what it is to be a GP.” 

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Jade Robertson

Variety is the spice of life, as the saying goes, and Dr Jade Robertson can certainly attest to it!

Jade currently works at Massey Medical Centre on the Massey University campus in Palmerston North, as well as being a medical educator for the region and volunteering for the sexual assault service in a forensic capacity.

“I enjoy the challenge that variation brings...I think it keeps you active, you are constantly learning in those areas."

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Kunjay Patel

Dr Kunjay Patel (known as KJ) came to New Zealand from the UK where he was born and raised by his doctor parents. At the age of five, he wanted to be either a doctor or a stuntman.

“Having been here (New Zealand) long enough now, I’ve seen young children turn into teens. I’ve seen teens go off to university, I’ve seen university students come back and become parents. I’ve seen fantastic workers retire, and I’ve escorted people in their final phases of their life into their death."

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Vicki Mount 

Dr Vicki Mount worked in the health sector for more than 10 years before embarking on her medical training, now she's a College-employed first-year GP registrar.

“General practice is a wonderful, practical career and a really nice counterbalance to research. I want to do both because each informs the other."


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