What and why does a medical doctor do and go to Antarctica?
Firstly you have to be in a unique personal position to get a leave pass for a year. The stars personally have to align. While the idea, romantically, appeals to a lot of people the sliding doors in life can mean very different situations arise or are available to you.
I love the line from Julius Caesar, where Brutus says:
'There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood leads onto fortune,
Omitted, all the voyage of their life.
Is bound in shallows and in miseries'
While not suggesting this is the only opportunity in life it has been a wonderful occasion to, as they say in football parlance to ‘Have a go ya mug!' It just might work.
Enough of the why, now for the wherefore.
My role is broad, diverse and interesting. I am a generalist and love the independence of it. Having said that I am very appreciative of the professional and committed support of the Polar Medicine Unit back at Kingston in Tasmania.
So have a quick look at my kingdom which I maintain with a benevolent rule. The role varies from surgery and anaesthesia to dentistry, general medicine and psychology, pathology and radiology, physiotherapy and nursing, complete with house cleaning.
It is a very professional unit of which I am justifiably proud.
It’s a fantastic facility and I am grateful for the opportunity it avails.
Until next time, Mal