Dr Ruth Barnett
Friday, May 1, 2020
Kia ora, Talofa lava, Hello
As I write this letter, I am thinking of you.
I want you to know that I have accepted the job offer to be Convenor of Early Learning in Medicine Clinical Skills at the Otago Medical School.
This means that I will be leaving Broadway and I will no longer work here as a GP.
I feel that I am in the middle of so much that is going on for so many of you right now and I am sorry that I cannot see things through for you.
When I was considering the new job I realised that as a GP I will always feel as if I am right in the middle of what is going on. And that means there is never a good time to stop being a GP.
I have learnt so much from you. You have told me when I haven’t done things so well. And you have told me when I have done ok. Thank you.
In my new job I am going to be responsible for delivering the Clinical Skills course to Second and Third Year Medical Students. In Clinical Skills we teach students how to talk to patients, how to listen to the story’s patients tell us, and how to examine patients with knowledge and respect.
I want every student who leaves the Clinical Skills Programme that I convene to have the skills thatenable them to be a good doctor who cares for their patients. I will do my best to teach them what you have taught me.
I am sorry that I cannot say goodbye to you in person. These crazy Covid times have meant that I had to make the change to the new job much sooner than I had anticipated.
I will miss the stories you tell me, the challenging problems we solve together, the tears, and the laughter.
My last day at Broadway will be Friday 15 May. Finding a GP who is the “right fit” is such an individual thing. Doctors Maya, Struan, Tava, and Heidi are able to see new patients and I believe they can provide what you need. I leave Broadway knowing that that there is a great team here who will listen to you and care for you.
I have been a GP in Dunedin for 27 years. Thank you for being part of that.