Doctor joins prestigious ranks

smDr Nola McPherson has become the second doctor to gain the highest qualification possible in the field of emergency medicine while working at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

Dr McPherson passed the final exam of the Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine this May, enriching her knowledge of and skills in emergency medicine.

Described by colleagues as a doctor who gives every patient her complete focus and time, Dr McPherson cites her love of meeting and helping people as the reasons for choosing emergency medicine as a career.

“I love that you meet people from all walks of life in the emergency department,” Dr McPherson says.

“I also love its ‘fast’ nature – with acute medicine, you can generally help people get back to good health pretty quickly.”

Over the past eight years, Dr McPherson has worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Wellington Hospital, Joondalup Health Campus and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

She started work at Murdoch Private Hospital Emergency in February this year.

“It’s a wonderful, supportive environment here,” Dr McPherson says.

“There is a huge variety of skills amongst the doctors and the training programs are excellent, so it’s a great place to learn.”

One of her mentors at the hospital, Professor of Emergency Medicine Ian Rogers, says her success is the culmination of many years of training, as well as six months of formal training for the exam.

“The work involved in passing these exams is huge and her success was well deserved,” Professor Rogers says.

“Dr McPherson has a deep caring for patients and is a huge asset to our department.”

Dr McPherson joins her Murdoch colleague, Dr Julie Dockerty, who passed the same exam in October 2013.

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