In this short podcast interview (below), Prof Murtagh talks about his own pathway to medicine and general practice in the country. Starting as a science teacher interested in maths and physics, he came to medicine after being inspired by his own GP in the country town he grew up in. Part of Monash University’s first medical cohort, John said that he “liked everything” and that the “country is the place to be.” Seems like rural general practice was an easy choice for Prof Murtagh, but not without its challenges as he explains.
He found some isolation in the country, however help was only a phone call away. We wonder whether the advent of social media and blogs may help reduce this tyranny of distance even more. Also in the interview are some memories from the Prof, including risque interactions with octogenerians, exam preparation tips and pearls of wisdom for medical students just starting their own journey. I hope that you enjoy this chat and learn just as much as I did from a great mentor and spokesman for general practice.