This initiative was created by a group of trainees who wanted to start a conversation and raise awareness. Others then reached out to shared their stories. Some have agreed that we can share their stories here.
If you have a story that you would like to contribute, we would love to include it. There are many doctors that may feel alone and isolated managing their health condition, it is important that they know they are not alone. It is important that they know, it is possible to thrive.
Dr Jennifer Yates
Dr. Jennifer Yates is a SpR training in Occupational Medicine. She worked in paediatrics prior to her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2016. She has an interest in physician wellness and medical education.
"I have decided to share my story in the hopes that it will spark a conversation about working/training with a chronic illness or a disability. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2016. While I was dealing with my diagnosis I didn’t know any other trainees who had similar issues and it was quite isolating at times. "
You can read more about her story here
Dr Phillip Kavanagh
Dr Phillip Kavanagh is a registrar working in the area of cardiology. He was completing his medical BST when his anxiety and depression became difficult to manage and he stepped out of training for a period. He has an interest in cardiology and is aiming to continue training in this area.
"A chronic illness is personal. The stigma around depression makes this even more so. After over 20 years of holding it all in, I understand why many prefer to stay quiet. However, it’s important to remember that most of us became doctors because we care. That care does not end once the ward round is over. Don’t be afraid and don’t be embarrassed."
You can read more about his story here
"I might be quadriplegic, but I am your doctor"
–Dr Dinesh Palipana, co founder of Doctors with disabilities Australia
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