Being a GP, experience is key

DR CHRIS Gill was not your usual medical student when he enrolled at James Cook University on his way to becoming a GP registrar at Proserpine Hospital and a nominee for the GPET Registrar of the Year Award.

At 27 years old, he already had more than a decade of experience as a remote nurse under his belt and had been managing a small Top End hospital when he took up medicine with a view to becoming a GP.

“Studying was a bit of a relief, really,” he said.

“I didn’t have to worry about budgets, or staffing or running the hospital day to day.”Not that he had much free time, either.

Already married with a young family, Dr Gill spent 40-50 hours a week working on his studies and took up locum positions during his semester breaks, flying into remote communities like Wadeye and Elcho Island to earn money to support his family and pay for his studies.

“It’s the cradle to the grave nature of