‘I have nothing left to give’: surgical registrar reveals why she gave up on her dreams

COMMENT: Dr Yumiko Kadota shares her story of how unsafe working hours have forced her to quit the specialty
Dr Yumiko Kadota

This time last year, Dr Yumiko Kadota began a new job as a plastic and reconstructive surgery registrar at a Sydney hospital, full of hope and optimism that she was on the path towards advanced training. But she resigned just five months later, burnt out by endless hours on call and minimal support. She is now sharing her story to raise awareness about the toxic environment she says still exists in operating theatres across Australia.

I never thought I would say this, but I broke. I give up. I am done. I surrender. I am handing back my dream of becoming a surgeon. I have nothing left to give. I don’t want it any more. I’ve lost my ambition. I’ve lost my spark.