A career in the medical profession offers a wonderful opportunity to care for and improve the health of our community.
Regardless of the path we choose, we have a responsibility to remain aware of the trust placed in our expertise and deliver care with compassion to positively impact the lives of our patients and their families.
You have embarked on your own unique journey to a career filled with opportunity, diverse experiences, life-long learning, and rich reward.
Opportunities abound in our profession. I encourage you to embrace any and all that arise, particularly those that challenge what may have been your intended career path – a rotation that you previously had not considered, be that in a certain specialty, or in small regional community just might expose you to a career and a lifestyle more fulfilling than you had ever imagined.
Queensland Health is committed to supporting our next generation of medical practitioners. The Medi-Nav website has been developed for medical students and junior doctors to explore their career options early using up-to-date, Queensland-specific specialist and vocational trainee workforce data and career information across the spectrum of specialties.
Navigating the many challenging, exciting and dynamic pathways in medicine can make a career decision seem daunting. I encourage you to not only use the resources available on Medi-Nav, but to dive wholeheartedly into every opportunity that presents, absorb every experience, and use these learnings to decide what a career in medicine means to you.
My very best wishes for your future career.
Associate Professor Catherine McDougall Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Excellence Queensland, Queensland Health