Emergency Advanced Trainee, Dr Andrew Crofton, has become the second doctor based at Princess Alexandra Hospital to take out the Buchanan Prize this year.
Dr Crofton received the prestigious award from the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine for achieving the highest score in the Fellowship Clinical Examination across Australia and New Zealand.
“I very deliberately chose PA Hospital as the base for my fellowship training as the reputation for high acuity patients and quality training here is exceptional.
“I moved from Cairns where I was working as a junior doctor and have been impressed by the focus on training as a top priority,” he said.
Dr Crofton is in good company at the hospital, joining four fellow Buchanan Award winners - Executive Director Dr Michael Cleary, Emergency Consultant Dr Andrew Churchman, Senior Registrar Dr Michael Humphreys and Emergency Staff Specialist Dr Brett Cliff.
“The effort put in by all the senior staff, especially the directors of training, is incredible and second to none which is evidenced by the amount of people who pass the exam and do really well.”
As an early medical student, Dr Crofton spent time in Emergency Departments and enjoyed the dynamic team atmosphere.
“I've been able to work in the Emergency Department and up in the Intensive Care Unit at PA Hospital and learned so much in both environments.
“I’ve had experiences and seen things here at PA that you just can't see many other places in Australia,” he said.
“I don't know anywhere else where I could work with the same acuity of illness.”
Dr Crofton is currently completing his fellowship at PA Hospital and will be based here for two and a half years as part of his training.
“There’s nowhere else I would rather work than here at PA.”