GP of the Month - Dr Edmond Ip
Each month Krystal Burt finds out what makes our doctors tick, this month it's the turn of recent CCMC returnee, Dr Edmond Ip.
What inspired you to become a doctor?
I was inspired by my own family doctor as a child growing up. I found it interesting how people placed a lot of trust in someone whom they’ve just met. I chose a career in general practice because of the diversity of work and the ability to interact with new people every day. It is a privilege to be able to learn so much about each individual and be able to help with their concerns.
What do you know now, that you wished you knew before becoming a GP?
I wished someone had told me that being a GP involved an enormous of paperwork. I would have paid more attention to my writing skills when I was younger.
What are your long term plans?
Probably try to age gracefully and not become a grumpy old doctor.
What days to you work, do you have set roster or does it change?
I work Mondays through to Fridays. I spend my weekends with family and friends.
What is the most important thing you have learned while working in medicine?
I feel that effective and good communication between a doctor and his/her patient is the most important factor in delivering the best care.
If you could work as a doctor anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m happy working at Central City Medical Centre. Perhaps in the future, it would be a great experience to volunteer in a medical clinic which provided aid to people in third world nations.
What is the hardest part of being a doctor in the modern tech filled world?
Technology has changed the way health professions practice medicine but also how people seek medical advice. Unfortunately there's a lot of information on the internet which are often incorrect or can be misinterpreted. It is best to discuss your symptoms or concerns with your doctor rather than self treatment with unreliable advice.
Tips for patients?
If you can spend time servicing your vehicle, you can spare some time to look after your own health.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests outside of work?
I enjoy having a flat white or oolong tea when I can sit down and relax. I enjoy going for a run after work and usually head to the gym on the weekends. I do enjoy playing guitar and piano but have been very sloppy with practicing recently. I collect Bearbricks and interesting Lego sets.
Visit as many Asian cities as I can.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Work hard for what you want to achieve and you will never fail.
Best part of your job?
Meeting new people every day and learning about their lives
Favourite holiday destination?
Hong Kong and Esperance
What’s your favourite ’90s jam?
I’m a big fan of Backstreet Boys, Five and Westlife
What are your areas of interest in medicine, and why?
I’m interested in men’s health because most men do not address their health concerns earlier.
Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
That sounds like a horrible way to ruin your love for a song