I’m a mother of two, wife to an incredible, friend of a fabulous four, sister and daughter of a rock of a family, and advanced trainee in geriatric medicine.  Yoga and food lover, perpetually exhausted by a full on, amazing life.  Original owner of cyberchiq.com.

*All of the posts on this blog are my personal opinion and in no way constitute professional medical advice, nor do they represent my workplace.


  1. Hi would absolutely love to get some advice from you about progressing on the Med path, I can’t remember exactly what I was googling when I came across your blog but your experiences are intriguing and I have been thinking about doing Med for about 10 years now… (finished Dent instead) I’d be grateful for the opportunity to chat!
    Thanks so much!

  2. Hi,
    I have a few questions:
    1. Did you ever consider doing paeds training instead?Im thinking between the two and cant seem to decide.
    2. I have come across a lot of physician trainees who are generally very unhappy with their jobs. Do you enjoy going to work every day? Do you ever think that you should have opted for some other speciality?


    1. Hi Sarah,

      Not for one second re: paeds, I couldn’t bear to face terminally ill children.
      As for BPT – being a reg sucks. It’s awful. But it makes you. If you can stand a few years of pain for a lifetime of gain, it is worth it in the end. The hospital is a tiny box that no one steps out of or leaves, but once you’re through those exams and finally getting some control back of your life, there’s no better feeling. Most people in the system can’t see past it but there’s a whole world beyond residency and registrarship and it’s yours. I love geriatric medicine and I love coming to work – my patients are gorgeous and geriatricians are nice people. I nearly did resp, gastro and neuro! Loved them all! But ultimately I went for getting along with colleagues, and a patient population I liked very much. At the end of the day if you can put prestige and all the rest of it aside, and really think about who you are, who you like to treat, and who you like to work with, the answers become very easy. Every step of the way I’ve had no clue what I wanted and have more or less landed here, but I’m so glad for it. Hope that helps, more than happy to answer any more questions.

  3. Hi, I’m a medical student in NSW. I have my heart set on Gastro, I used to work in the area prior so have some exposure and is probably one of the few specialities aside from GP I’m interested in. My question is, just how competetive is Gastro? I heard getting an AT post is near on impossible, so I’ve tried looking at the selection criteria for AT jobs but there’s literally nothing. What do they weigh the highest when selecting AT’s? Research? Teaching? Higher degrees? I just want to get the ball rolling now while I’m a student with more time so I’m not swamped as an intern and subsequently BPT….

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Kay,

      Popularity between specialties varies from year to year so I wouldn’t worry about how competitive it is – someone still needs to get the job! I think references are the most important thing – you can have all the research in the world but if you’re an arsehole no one will want to work with you. You could always do some research just to get to know the people in the field and keep on doing work with them so they know you when it comes to jobs time. But in terms of what is most heavily weighted, I would put it it in this order: References > teaching experience > quality assurance > committees > awards > professional development > publications. The way to get good references is to remain cheerful and enthusiastic at work, do everything that is asked of you and when you don’t know how, being brave enough to say so, and to understand the limits of your knowledge/expertise and know when to escalate. That all comes with time and practice! As a medical student I would probably be seeking opportunities to teach more junior students and possibly doing some research with a gastro both as a means to get to know the field and to get your name around. But be aware if you do that, and then later down the track you change your mind, you’ll only have gastro publications on your CV! It’s highly possible you’ll change your mind a hundred times once you’re out and working. Good luck!

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