Rural practice the prize for Australian Medicine reader survey winner
Caption: Australian Medicine reader survey winner Jezreel Blanco receives her Apple iPad Pro from AMA President Professor Brian Owler
As she prepares to embark on a career as a rural GP, Australian Medicine reader survey winner Jezreel Blanco’s one concern about winning the latest generation Apple iPad Pro is that it will out-match the speed of bush internet connections.
Adelaide-based Jezreel won the iPad after her name was randomly selected from more than 1500 readers who took part in the Australian Medicine survey, and was excited to receive the prize from AMA President Professor Brian Owler earlier this week.
The GP trainee is currently a resident at Flinders Medical Centre and is busily accruing the skills and experience she thinks will be vital to working as a general practitioner in a rural practice. She has already spent some time in obstetrics and paediatrics, and is currently working in an emergency department, where she hopes to gain experience in trauma care.
It is quite a shift in focus from Jezreel’s initial career as a medical scientist. Following a four-year degree at Sydney University, she worked in a coordinating centre for neonatal research, which she found to be too removed from the frontline of care for her liking.
“We were doing research on neonatal illnesses, but I never got to meet the families who were effected,” Jezreel said. “I was very interested in meeting with them and working them.”
It was this realisation that spurred her to undertake a medical degree, and to soon become a rural GP – even if the internet access isn’t great.