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>>>From metro to the Maranoa | My journey to rural generalism

From metro to the Maranoa | My journey to rural generalism

We recently caught up with Dr Mostafa Vahabi who joined the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway as a postgraduate entrant in 2022.

Prior to joining the QRGP, Mostafa was an experienced General Practitioner in metro Queensland, also working in a busy Emergency Department. It was Mostafa’s desire to live and work in a rural community that led him to rural generalism. Mostafa now works in Mitchell and enjoys a more laid-back lifestyle, whilst maintaining a fulfilling and varied career.

In this blog, Mostafa shares why he decided to pursue rural generalism and how he hopes to utilise his skills in his rural community.

Medicine was always the goal

“I guess medicine was our family business. Both of my parents were doctors. I never heard of anything else but medical conversations growing up.

Having parents who worked in the medical field allowed me to build a desire to help others, develop a fascination with the complexities of the human body, and a passion for making a positive impact on people’s lives”.

Mostafa worked part-time as a General Practitioner (GP) in outer metropolitan Brisbane for seven years, whilst also working in the Ipswich Hospital Emergency Department part-time. Prior to that he was a Senior House Officer and Principal House Officer at Metro South, chasing a career in Orthopaedic surgery.

Why I decided to pursue rural generalism

“The quality of life in rural areas is a refreshing change – it offers a more relaxed pace and a strong sense of community. It’s a great way to balance a fulfilling career with a more laid-back lifestyle. Rural medicine has a mix of emergency, inpatient and general practice medicine, including aged care. The close-knit nature of the community creates strong connections, making the role even more impactful. Plus, I get to enjoy the beauty of rural life while making a difference to the health and wellbeing of the community. At work, staff are friendly and there is a degree of autonomy which makes me the jack of all trades.

I often become a central figure in the community and can get to know my patients on a personal level. I am grateful I get to enjoy the beauty that is rural living, but also get to make a difference in Mitchell”.

My existing skills transfer well to rural medicine

Mostafa’s background in emergency medicine, enhanced his ability to handle diverse and unpredictable cases in rural settings. He has also worked in community health, so has a good understanding of the importance of preventive care and health education.

His ability to adapt and apply skills from different contexts has been a strength for his rural medical practice.

“Skills like effective communication, adaptability, and problem-solving, gained in my prior career or training, significantly contribute to my success in RG training. It’s about building on what I already know and tailoring it to the unique challenges and opportunities that rural medicine presents to me”.

My future as a Rural Generalist

“My future involves making a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of a rural community. It includes ongoing learning and adapting to various medical challenges. I will need to continue always updating and improving my skills and abilities.

As technology advances, telemedicine will play a larger role in connecting rural areas with healthcare resources. I look forward to continuing to provide essential medical services and contributing to the overall health of the region whilst working alongside metropolitan Specialists’ advice where needed. It will strengthen the bond between me as the healthcare provider and the community.

My goal is to create a sustainable and comprehensive healthcare environment within the rural setting, not just addressing immediate healthcare needs but establishing systems that can endure and thrive over time. A system where everyone feels they belong and try their best to grow”.

My advice for those considering QRGP postgraduate entry

“Go for it! Rural generalism is a unique and rewarding path. Embrace the opportunity to help a community where your impact can be profound. Build strong connections, be open-minded, and appreciate the different and diverse challenges. Experience what rural medicine offers. The QRGP can provide valuable support and resources, so make the most of it. And most importantly, enjoy the journey!”

Dr Mostafa Vahabi | QRGP trainee

Apr 17th 2024| Blog, |