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Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Dr Jennifer Ngan

Dr Jennifer Ngan is a medical intern at Peninsula Health.

Q: What is your background?

A: I studied a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne prior to going into a Bachelor Medicine and Surgery at Deakin University. I completed my clinical medical years in rural south-west Victoria at Hamilton and Warrnambool. I hope to bring the experiences I have gained from those hospitals to Peninsula Health and continue to grow and develop as a junior doctor.

Q: What does your current role involve?

A: I am currently on my General Medicine Rotation and so I look after patients with acute medical problems, ranging from heart and lung issues to general symptoms of unwellness for investigation. My role is quite varied involving; Assisting during ward rounds, charting medications, ordering investigations and liaising with other hospital team members in order to provide holistic and patient-centred care. Importantly, I help arrange any necessary follow-up required for patients after they leave the hospital and ensure all team members involved in the patient’s care are aware of the plans through good documentation and communication.

Q: Why did you decide to do you intern year at Peninsula Health?

A: Peninsula Health is the number one choice for doctors in training and I am very excited to have the opportunity to complete my intern year here. Recommendations from past and current doctors at Peninsula Health influenced my choice to come here, as they all commented on the collaborative and inclusive nature of the workplace. I have certainly experienced this during my first two weeks, as everyone that I have worked with thus far has been more than welcoming.  

Q: What do you like to do when you are not working?

A: I am an aspiring home cook, consistently making new recipes and ultimately a mess in the kitchen! I also like to keep active through hiking outdoors, but if the weather isn’t too good, then high intensity interval training at home is also fun but challenging.