NSLHD News February 25

MEET THE INTERN: DR TANVEER SINGH When Dr Tanveer Singh Mokha chose medicine – his reasoning was simple. “When you do a job, you

to my family, not having to worry about cooking, which is something I had to do last year, is really nice, especially food that tastes much better than what I was making. I truly feel blessed to be back.” While starting a medical career can be daunting, Tanveer said his placement in aged care has given him an understanding of what it is to be a clinician. “Aged care exposes you to a broad variety of medicine, so we’re getting our heads around how doctors deal with issues in a clinical setting, both little and big,” he said. “Putting your knowledge to the test and now being responsible for your patient’s health, you start to feel like ‘this is what it’s like to be a doctor’ whereas before you felt ‘this is what it’s like as a student’.” While adrenaline flows for many as they fulfil their dream of working as a doctors, Tanveer said it was important to ‘fill your own bucket.’

should do a job that you wake up every day wanting to do,” he said. Tanveer, who is currently placed on ward 9E at Royal North Shore Hospital, recently moved back to Sydney from Adelaide where he studied medicine. The transition has been made easier in a number of ways, whether that’s at work or at home. “I’m not sure what it’s like at other hospitals, but one thing that has been really nice here is the support,” he said. “The whole week for O week, and the whole week with buddies, was really helpful. I am so grateful to the junior medical staff unit (JMSU), contacting us, making sure our paperwork is done – I’m very grateful. “Being at home has helped me personally: coming home

Dr Tanveer Singh

“The first few weeks of internship really hits you, you mentally prepare for it, everyone’s ready for it but it still hits you,” he said. “My strategy is keeping time aside, a little bit every day, just for doing the things that really ground me, whether that means calling my friends or my partner or doing some meditation or reading, or keeping up my exercise with bhangra. “The time that I have off, I make sure I use it to do things that really fill up my bucket.”

EMERGENCY MEDICINE SPECIALIST EARNS CAPTAIN RANK He is known as JV to many, but Associate Professor John Vassiliadis has been promoted to Captain for his contribution in the Royal Australia Navy. As well as being a senior

staff specialist in emergency medicine at Royal North Shore and a mentor to countless junior doctors, John has also been an active member of the Navy Reserve since joining in 2002. Alongside his new rank, John was also appointed as the Director of Navy Health Training. His passion for education has seen him heavily involved in the training of Navy personnel, as well as fulfilling medical duties in response to the humanitarian crisis in

Associate Professor John Vassiliadis (left) has been promoted to Captain

Banda Aceh. “For me it is an honour to serve my country both as an educator and clinician. Australia has given so much to my family who came to this country for a new start and better future,” John said. “I feel lucky that I was born in a country that values

diversity and provided me the opportunity to be whatever I wanted to be. “For me it is a way of giving something back and being involved in an organisation that is not only involved in protecting our way of life but also plays a pivotal role in humanitarian activities in our region.”



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