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Dr Drew Moore

Meet GPTQ medical educator, Dr Drew Moore

Dr Drew Moore (featured image)

Dr Drew Moore has been a full-time medical educator for the past three years. He has worked with The University of Queensland for 14 years, and is currently a part-time educator for GPTQ in the north side Stafford node.

“Having a degree of independence was really important to me, and making my own clinical decisions with patients. It enabled me to spend more one-on-one time with patients.”

Full-time medical educator

Dr Drew Moore has been a full-time medical educator for the past three years. He has worked with The University of Queensland for 14 years, and is currently a part-time educator for GPTQ in the north side Stafford node.

Drew has been interested in medicine since childhood and graduated with a medical degree from The University of Queensland in 1993. He went on to complete a second degree in Chinese medicine and acupuncture in 2000. He also completed his General Practice Fellowship in 2003.

Drew was attracted to general practice largely because of his desire to work outside the hospital. He likes the intimate relationships that general practice allows him to build with patients.

Influencing patient outcomes on a broader scale through education

“Having a degree of independence was really important to me, and making my own clinical decisions with patients,” Drew says. “It enabled me to spend more one-on-one time with patients.”

Moving into education meant that Drew could influence patient outcomes on a larger scale.

“I always wanted to make a difference, and I could see that I could make differences with individual patients,” he says. “But I saw at a systems level working as an educator at university that I could influence, hopefully positively, a much greater number of doctors who then would influence a greater number of patients than I was capable of doing by myself.”

Communication skills are paramount for GPs

In addition to teaching GP registrars, Drew teaches medical students from first year through to third. He also works as a moderator for conferences run by Australian Doctor in Brisbane.

According to Drew, a career in general practice suits students who are good communicators, socially aware, altruistic and down to earth. He teaches communication skills to first year students, and is particularly passionate about this topic.

“I think everything else is forgivable except for communication skills,” Drew says. “Every bit of knowledge can be looked up or learnt, but you need to be able to communicate, including getting the basics of the patient’s history to begin with. It’s the foundation of everything we do in medicine.”

Medical interests

“The things I’m most passionate about teaching are the things I’ve been involved with clinically. For me, communication skills are something that I love teaching, but it’s also something that I love learning about myself.”

Drew’s medical interests include sexual health; gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual health; and adolescent health. He has also had a past interest in plastic surgery and the health of doctors.

Advice for aspiring GPs

Drew advises medical students to enjoy the course. He says: “Don’t take it too seriously. Learn that you’re fail-able, and you do fail, as well as making some very good decisions, because that’s what the rest of your medical life is going to be like.”

His advice to GP registrars is to be aware of the broad scope and range of choices that general practice offers.

Appreciating the scope of potential work within general practice

“You can do research; you can work for the university; you can moderate at conferences; you can be a medical educator; you can work for community groups as a speaker, as well as clinical work, including any subspecialty that you happen to have an interest in and like – aged care or women’s health or skin cancer or adolescent health or sexual health. It keeps your interest going because you can always chop and change,” he says.

Drew lives at Stafford in Brisbane with his partner, Javier. He enjoys gardening, walking, camping, cooking and reading. “Cooking is my artistic outlet at the moment,” Drew says. His interest in the gut has led him to make his own fermented foods, including yoghurt, sourdough, kimchi and sauerkraut.