GP of the Month - Dr Kerri Mackenroth
Each month Krystal Burt finds out what makes our doctors tick, this month it's Kerri Mackenroth.
What inspired you to become a doctor?
I have always enjoyed helping people and am genuinely interested in people lives and their stories.
What do you know now, that you wished you knew before becoming a GP?
It’s ok if you don’t know the answer, it’s impossible to know it all.
How would you describe the role of a GP?
GP is a unique medical speciality as you can develop very close relationship with patients and their families. There is no limitation on what patients come in and ask for help with which definitely keeps you on your toes.
What is the most important thing you have learned while working in medicine?
To listen to the patient
If you could work as a doctor anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Africa. I was in South Africa for almost 2 years working and volunteering in hospitals and would love to go back there.
What is the hardest part of being a doctor in the modern tech filled world? What is the best?
Everything is on computers... feels like you need a degree in IT as well sometimes. I have to admit these computer systems are very clever and make our lives much easier.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests outside of work?
I really enjoy sport and different challenges. I've always enjoyed running and since moving to Perth 1 year ago, I have enjoyed open water swimming and did the Rottnest Channel swim in February. Yes I was swimming right where the shark was! I have also hiked to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Listen to your heart
Best part of your job?
Meeting and helping people from all different backgrounds. Forming special relationships with patients and helping them through the highs and lows that life throws at us.
Worst part of your job?
“If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right”
Are you more a hunter or gatherer?
What’s your favourite ’90s jam?
Sorry how can anyone only pick one???
What are your areas of interest in medicine, and why?
1. Women’s health – really enjoy Obstetrics, it is often very happy medicine
2. Children’s health – kids are just so much fun to work with and have their own set of rules when it comes to medicine
3. Dermatology – I worked with a some Dermatologist throughout my medical degree and really enjoyed learning about all the different conditions. Amazing all the medical conditions that manifest as skin problems.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
The Crown and Homeland. I had heard they were good!
Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
I would really hope Batman but I actually think Spiderman might get him in the end.