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It was a fear of flying that led Dr Marco Giuseppin to discover that his dream job was to one day become a flying doctor.
Dr Giuseppin studied medicine after initially completing a pharmacy degree. An early placement at the Toowoomba Rural Clinical School was Dr Giuseppin’s first taste of rural medicine.
“It opened my eyes to a side of medicine I didn’t see before,” he said.
While completing his medical degree, Dr Giuseppin got his pilot’s licence in an effort to overcome his fear of flying.
“I discovered I liked flying, and I like medicine, and I wanted to put the two together. What better way to do that than to become a flying doctor?” he said.
Dr Giuseppin is currently completing Advanced Specialist Training (AST) in Anaesthetics at the Hervey Bay Hospital and says it has helped him to become a better doctor.
“I’m more confident, and from an anaesthetic point of view, I’ve dealt with or helped to deal with a lot of things that I have never seen before.
“Learning about decision-making and learning how to organise your team and react to a problem quickly is probably the core skill that makes a good anaesthetist. The other advantage of doing an AST is that you have volume. The more procedures you do, the better you get at them.”
Dr Giuseppin said there are wonderful opportunities for doctors who choose to build a career in rural practice.
“The best advice I can give
“You provide a good service for the community. Your presence has a tremendous benefit
Dr Giuseppin said he is pleased he chose to undertake his training through James Cook University (JCU).
“JCU’s business is rural, and it shows. Your future will be secure if you train with JCU.”