My name is Rob Nicholson and I’m a Queensland Trainee currently working at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane,and I am hoping to become the next Queensland Trainee Representative to the College. I started my training in the UK before seeing the light and moving to sunny Queensland in 2017 for a one-year break from the NHS. Six years later, I have worked at a variety of hospitals around Queensland including Redcliffe, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, The Prince Charles, The Wesley, St Andrews Ipswich and for 1300 Medics doing some festival-based medicine on the side. I am currently going through the build-up to sit the Fellowship exam in March, so appreciate the level of suffering that entails.
Outside of medicine, I spend the rest of my time doing DIY poorly, walking and keeping two French Bulldogs alive, and we’re expecting our first baby in February a month before the exam. Despite the afore mentioned poor life planning, those that have worked with me are probably aware that I’m slightly odd, relatively easy going, and hopefully generally not “too” awful to be around.
I have been part of committees before within the Queensland Trainee Pathway, and loved being the Senior Registrar Education Rep for a year or so. I have worked with multiple senior college representatives during my training, and like to think that I’d be able to get Trainee’s points of view across, and would be receptive to anything and everything trainees were concerned about / felt important to raise.
I’d love to do this role to provide a platform for Trainees to continue to be heard, respected, and supported during their training.I’d like to think that I would be able to act as a capable go between to make sure this process is effective and transparent.
My understanding is that anyone who is interested enough to have read to this stage is able to vote for whoever they would like to become the next Trainee Representative. I would love it if that was me, but I’m sure there are multiple other better qualified candidates whose blurbs are significantly more eloquently written.
Thanks for reading, Rob