Dr Krause says her degree ensured she was well-prepared for her internship in Cairns. “The number of placements and the fact they start early on in our degree mean we come out very work ready. We are used to patient contact and have refined our communication skills, and I think that's what makes a good doctor great,” she says.
“There have been many times I’ve been out of my comfort zone on placement and now as an intern, but I think it's about stepping up to that challenge. That's where you feel the growth, it's always when you feel a little bit uncomfortable.
“Some of my most memorable clinical experiences that provided the momentum for significant growth (professionally and personally) have come from times I’ve felt the most challenged. Embrace all opportunities that are presented to you — you never know where they will take you.”
She’s the Doctor now
Dr Krause is currently completing a general medicine rotation as part of her internship and as such encounters a broad range of health presentations. “I remember being rather nervous on my first day, but everyone was very welcoming and supportive. I’m just taking it one day at a time, it's not about being the best, it's about doing my best,” Dr Krause says.
“I’m still getting used to being referred to as a doctor and realising people are looking to me for advice and input. It's real life and real people, no longer an OSCE station — lives ultimately do depend on it, although not in the sense of life or death all the time.
“I consider every interaction [with patients and colleagues] as an opportunity for impact. What may appear on a surface level as a simple exchange may leave a lasting impression on a patient or colleague,” Dr Krause says. “We may never know the true extent of our impact on the lives of those around us, so I consider my position a great privilege.”
Dr Krause says that some of the challenges she’s encountered include dealing with complex interpersonal dynamics between patients and their families, as well as coming face-to-face with the realities of the social determinants of health. But overall, Dr Krause says she’s loving her new professional life.“Cairns Hospital in particular has such a great culture — everyone is very collegial, welcoming and very patient-centred, which I appreciate,” she says.
"Embrace all opportunities that are presented to you — you never know where they will take you."
JCU Medicine Alumni Dr Georgia Krause