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What Being A Family Doctor Means To Me

Dr Jean-li Lim | KK Sikamat

In conjunction with WFDD 2021, here are some highlights of my journey as a family doctor. Thanks to the primary care exposure in medical school and volunteer experience with various NGOs, I realised quite early on that hospital based medicine was not for me. After the compulsory hospital rotations, I moved into community based care. What I love most about primary care/ family medicine is how we view our clients not just as patients but as a ‘whole’ person with the biological, psychological and social intersectioning. As much as we aim to cure,

I believe we are also agents of change by empowering the community to take charge and be responsible for their own health. My journey in primary care/ family medicine has brought me places, be it Pos Tenau in Slim River, Perak to the remote and geographically challenging Klinik Kesihatan Lusong Laku in Sarawak. Being a family doctor has opened doors globally as well. I have volunteered with Mercy Malaysia’s serving the Rohingyas in Kutupalong, Cox’s Bazar; the world’s largest refugee camp and ran mobile clinics for the Shan and Miao minority in the mountainous region between Thailand and Burma.

In 2014/15, I had the privilege to intern with WHO/ PAHO on the “A Promise Renewed for the Americas” project to reduce inequities in reproductive, maternal, & child health as part of the Fulbright-Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship. This short video tells a little of my story…


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