Dr Emma Wong is First5 Chair and a GP Partner in Sheffield
Why did you choose to be a GP?
As a med student in my first GP placement at a rural Derbyshire practice, I remember a patient coming in with her daughter and granddaughter. That GP had looked after three generations of the family. There was clearly great trust and understanding in the doctor-patient relationship. I love the opportunity to have that continuity of care with patients. I don’t think that’s always achieved in a secondary care setting.
What's the best thing about being a GP?
The variety – it’s never a boring day in the surgery! There’s always something new to learn or see. I am also lucky enough to work with a fantastic team.
What's most frustrating?
Resources and infrastructure – in particular, the lack of IT support. We could be using technology to improve patient care in more ways that we currently have funding for. I also wish that we had a better national system to educate patients on improving their health in the community.
What are you most proud of?
Completing my MRCGP during the Covid pandemic and surviving my first year in independent practice!
What has been the most important lesson of your career so far?
To make some time daily for yourself, even if it’s only five minutes. It’s hard to look after other people if you’re not looking after yourself.
What is your message to your fellow First5s?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if there’s something you don’t know or if you’re struggling. The first few years are tough when you’re finding your feet. Use your First5 network and the RCGP forums. There are a lot of people in your area with a hugely diverse pool of knowledge – not only will you learn things you never knew, but you might make some good friends along the way.
Why do you think it's important to be a College member?
The resources it provides. Apart from the excellent online learning there have been some fantastic webinars. I’ve learnt about everything from Covid rehab to how to make Bahn Mi (online cook-alongs highly recommended!). The College also links you with your local faculty. It’s great for getting to know the GPs in your region.
What would you be if you weren't a GP?
A pilot – lots of opportunity to travel and meet people.