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A love of lifelong learning

11 May 2020


 

Dr Nicole Edge had plans to become a General Practitioner before falling in love with obstetrics and gynaecology.

“It is the diversity,” Dr Edge says of her love for the specialty which saw her gain Fellowship in 2017.

Based in South Australia, Dr Edge also has a passion for ongoing education and supporting trainees.

“I think it is our second most important job after patient care,” she says. “By improving the education of registrars we then improve patient care.”

Dr Edge completed her medical degree at the University of Adelaide. She then worked in tertiary and regional hospitals across South Australia and Victoria during her specialist training.

“I had such amazing mentors as I was going through training,” says Dr Edge, who consults at The Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Embrace Fertility and Repromed in Adelaide.

A big believer in being grateful for the opportunities presented to oneself, and a willingness to do the same for others, Dr Edge has started a series of free educational webinars for trainees in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic having a huge impact on social distancing and education, this was an opportunity to look at a new approach,” Dr Edge says.

Experts volunteer to present at the weekly sessions, which are presented live but also recorded so registrars have the opportunity watch them at a later date if they were working at the time.

By all accounts, feedback from trainees has been positive. “I have loved it, it has just been fantastic, it is so rewarding,” Dr Edge says.
“The uptake and support from colleagues has just been phenomenal. We’ve had O+G specialists & sub-specialists, physicians, surgeons, midwives, physiotherapists, pathologists and embryologists - all wanting to be involved and to do something to support the trainees.”

Never stop learning

Dr Edge, who is also mum to a 11-month-old daughter, says learning should be an ongoing process.

“We’re actually training our whole lives,” she says. “I still speak to my mentors everyday about clinical questions.

“So my advice about upskilling and continuing education is ‘never stop doing it’. Keep learning, keep asking questions.”



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