I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien; I’m a French doctor in New South Wales!

Lionel I Reyftmann
Med J Aust 2015; 203 (3): 154. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00026

Migrating is a daunting but fascinating experience

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  • Lionel I Reyftmann

  • University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW



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access_time 02:39, 4 August 2015
Leeanne Gill

The Art of the Bedside Manner may be taught in many languages, however I believe it has to also be part of one's personal internal character.

To be part of the process of healing and to understand how to allow the woman's feelings to guide the relationship of partnering in this process is innate in only a few.

This is part of the integrity and strength that I have witnessed of the care and management of a difficult and tragic time in my daughter's life, in the loss of her severe preterm baby boy.

Dr Reyftmann's gentle approach and care during this experience demonstrated his sensitivity to her situation. Even though four years have passed since that day, and we have one gorgeous bubbly little girl now, he still takes the time to ask after my daughter wellbeing.

We are very blessed to have you here in Australia, NSW and here in Wollongong with us Dr Reyftmann.

So, all those years of French practice have definitely transitioned to make you perfect for the job.

Definitely not an alien.

Thank you.

Leeanne Gill

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Ms Leeanne Gill
University of Wollongong

access_time 08:13, 5 August 2015
Ulf Steinvorth

Beautifully written and full of prose and poetry, warming hearts and open minds of the joys of travel and starting afresh in new surrounds.

No reflection of the harsh reality for most other international doctors though who in spite of the beauty of our medical system and country are faced with relentless hurdles in accreditation, restrictions in jobs and the ever-present possibility of discrimination due to having grown up or trained somewhere other than Australiasia.

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Dr Ulf Steinvorth
General Practice

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