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Continuing the introductions (Ward physician Aug 2019-Jan 2020)

Hi everyone,

The discussion box is being a little funny, so I hope this formats correctly. Loving hearing from you all, especially nursing staff - looking forward to joining you on the wards.

My name is Rachel, I'll be the ward physician onboard (from the job description, sounds like a surgical intern job largely) from August 25th 2019 to January 4th 2020. I'm so excited about this opportunity - I took this entire clinical year off from training in the hope that I would secure a position (so, yay!).

I'm from Sydney (Australia), PGY5, completed the RACP adult internal medicine exams last year (equivalent of the US boards in internal medicine), and will be going onto specialise in medical oncology from Feb next year (fingers crossed). Currently trying to brush up on my French, and update myself on HIV/G6PD/TB/malaria/a-thalassaemia/sickle cell. Medical staff already aboard, please let me know if I'm missing anything important!

Interests are knitting (although everything turns out too large or too small), hiking, travelling, sassing the emergency department, ice skating, f45, and baking. Most of which I'm resigned to not being able to do for the 4.5 months I'll be there.

Looking forward to getting to know you all,




  • AndreaSchmidAndreaSchmid Programs Senior Staffing Manager Posts: 159 admin
    edited May 21

    @rachelwoodford - I would like to first say thank you for being one of our amazing volunteers! I hope your time onboard is very rewarding. One of our recent Hospital Physicians is also from Australia. I have reached out to him and have asked him to contact you via myMercy.

  • MarkDaltonMarkDalton Posts: 1

    Hi Rachel,

    I have just come back from the Africa Mercy and would be delighted to give you some tips and any other information you would like. My phone is 0408 419508 if you would like to call. I know you are in for an exciting time!


  • ShawnGibsonShawnGibson Posts: 10

    Good news, there is a crew galley on board, which is being remodeled in the Shipyard this June/July. So, after some exciting shopping trips for ingredients, you will be able to bake.

  • SarahBurdetteSarahBurdette Posts: 30 ✭✭

    Hiking and baking are definite possibilities! The crew galley is a popular place to cook/bake your own goodies! You can even sell them in front of the starbucks to appreciative crew members (like me)! I will be on board from December 22-January 18, I am an OR Nurse. I served in Guinea in March, this will be my second service with Mercy Ships. Thank you for volunteering, it will be an experience you will never forget! Looking forward to meeting you onboard!

  • icunursejbicunursejb Posts: 2

    Fantastic to hear about being able to do own baking. Im vegan so figured l wouldnt be able to get any sweet goodies etc for the time whilst lm onboard (just started application process for 2020).

    Im an ICU nurse so the new ship (with a 7 bed ICU) sounds fantastic and exciting :)

    Good luck Rachel and have a great time.

  • anamalattaanamalatta Posts: 33

    Thanks for your servat heart.

    God bless you.

    [email protected]

  • JulieMcKayJulieMcKay Posts: 8

    Hi, Rachel!

    I will also be a physician on board August 25- Nov 2! I am an Internal Medicine doctor from Florida. I have spent 35 years in outpatient medicine caring for adults, so I will be tapping into your knowledge on pediatrics!

    I look forward to meeting you!

    Julie McKay

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