Meet our first Emergency Medicine Certificate graduate, Chime Ezeorakwe
Published at: 11 Jul 2018
The opportunity to move to Shepparton and work at Goulburn Valley Health was one not to be missed by South African doctor Chime Ezeorakwe.
Since starting at GV Health in June of 2016, Dr Ezeorakwe has been eager to develop himself as a medical professional.
“Since I have done most of my training overseas, upon arriving in Australia I was not initially aware of the Australian way of providing health care," he said.
When GV Health received EMET (Emergency Medicine Education and Training) funding and started the Emergency Certificate and Diploma Program, Dr Ezeorakwe knew he had to make the most of the opportunity.
“By undertaking this particular training, I was able up work towards upskilling and ultimately provide the highest level of care for patients," he said.
GV Health’s Clinical Director of Emergency Dr Asim Cheema played an integral role in sourcing the funding needed for Dr Ezeorakwe to undergo the training.
Dr Cheema is the only Fellow of the Australian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM) who works full time at GV Health and he recognised the importance of up-skilling medical staff, particularly in the Emergency Department.
“We are 1 of 50 lucky health care providers in the whole of Australia who have received EMET funding and so we will be aiming to up-skill as many people as possible," he said.
“I was aware that the funding was available and that we were in a good position to receive it as we do not have many full time FACEMs," he said.
“So I applied straight away”.
Dr Ezeorakwe started studying in October 2017 and completed his course in May this year, making him the first Emergency Medicine Certificate graduate at Goulburn Valley Health.
“I received a call congratulating me and I had no idea what was going on,” he said.
“I had no idea I was the first person to ever graduate with this certificate at this health service.”
Dr Ezeorakwe has clocked up an impressive 12 years of working in emergency departments during his career and has encouraged others in a similar position to him to also obtain an Emergency Medicine Certificate.
“This course is mostly for doctors working in unaccredited Emergency Departments and I want to encourage as many people as I can to take on further training when it is available…the more people who work towards full accreditation the better," he said.
With the certificate now under his belt, Dr Ezeorakwe is looking towards what’s next.
“I have already started the next step towards becoming a FACEM, which is the Emergency Medicine Diploma," he said.
If you are interested in undertaking the Emergency Medicine Certificate or interested in what education is available EMET Program Support Officer Melanie Brown can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org.