DR. Phil Worboys of the Foster & Toora Medical Centres said, “it is with great pleasure that we welcome two new General Practitioner Registrars to Foster and Toora Medical Centres.
“Dr Tom Ponsonby was a medical student here years ago and comes to us after a year of anaesthetics at Latrobe Regional Hospital. For a long time we have hoped that the teaching we have given to medical students over many years would translate into some coming back – it is fabulous seeing this play out with Tom.
“We are equally excited to welcome Dr James O’Sullivan to the Practice. James is local born and bred and to have him come back to his childhood practice is very special.
“Together they represent a great addition to our medical team, and along with the return of Dr Jin Jang and Dr Louisa Tatton (more on these two in a later edition…they start in March), we expect that 2021 will be easier than the last!”
Tom told The Mirror when he came to Foster as a medical student in 2016, he wasn’t intending to work in the country or become a GP. The experience he had in the medical clinic, the hospital and the community over the course of that year changed his career path as he came to recognise what a varied and fulfilling option it was.
“It’s been my intention ever since I left to return to Foster to take advantage of the amazing clinic and GPs you have here as I continue to learn my craft.
“Since then I finished my degree with one more year including an elective rotation to Peru which was fantastic and quite challenging communicating with patients in Spanish! I’ve done my first two hospital years in Bendigo, with rotations up to Echuca and Swan Hill and then completed an anaesthetics year in Traralgon as part of my training pathway to become a GP anaesthetist.
“Outside work I married my partner Chloe and we had a little boy in May last year. I’m really happy to be back in Foster, I’ve had to wait to return until I was in a position to complete my training here because I am hoping not to leave!
“I’m looking forward to exploring the area, watching the Foster Tigers and settling down in our new home. “
James O’Sullivan grew up just out of Walkerville.
He played local football for Tarwin as a boy.
He studied medicine at Monash University Rural clinical school, mostly based at Bendigo and then was based mostly at Bendigo hospital for the last two years.
His partner, Samara Cua, is also a junior doctor starting up training in Leongatha this year. They have bought a house at Meeniyan.
James is hoping to do anaesthetic training in the future so he can work as a GP and anaesthetist.