Dr Andrew McKnight (30) is a trainee GP working in Morriston Hospital, Swansea. Having grown up in Wales, it was an easy decision for him to carry out his further training here, where he now enjoys a balanced, sociable lifestyle. He explains:
“I’m originally from Swansea and always enjoyed being around people when I was younger. Science was one of my strongest subjects during school, so the two-combined, secured my decision to apply for medical school. I trained in Wales and finished my medical degree in 2012 after intercalating in Saint Batholomew’s for a year. I then completed my foundation training in South Wales, before moving to Bristol to start a clinical role in Orthopaedics.
“Many of my friends decided to stay in Wales after training so it seemed natural to apply for GP training in my country of birth. I’d also found that working in South Wales was much more hands on, which is one of favourite aspects of the role. There’s a really strong team environment here, which I’ve not found anywhere else.
“I’m currently in my second year of GP training, working in the paediatrics department in Morriston Hospital. The deanery team have been excellent in supporting me. I’ve been able to reach out to my clinical advisors whenever I’ve needed to, and have massively benefitted from both national and regional training days that Wales offers to trainees - which have been extremely insightful and beneficial to my GP career. I’ve nearly finished a Postgraduate certificate in Medical Education, which I’m sure will be of use to my career in the future.
“I moved back to Wales for a balanced lifestyle and to be closer to my friends and family. House prices are also really affordable in Wales, which was a big influence in my decision to settle here. I frequently participate in triathlons and took part in the 2017 Cardiff Half Marathon. There’s plenty of opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities. If you’re after a well-balanced lifestyle, I’d encourage choosing Wales.”