GP Profile – Dr Bishoy Marcus
13th December 2017
How long have you been practising in Liverpool and as a whole?
We started this practice in February, so I have been here since February, it has been enjoyable and exciting to set up a new practice from scratch and to meet locals and families in the area. I really enjoy working in Liverpool, because I grew up here. I went to All Saints School which is across the road, so I can still see some of my teachers from time to time. It’s nice to come back to the community that you grew up in, to serve it and try to make the peoples health a little bit better. I graduated as a pharmacist initially, I finished my pharmacy degree at Sydney University many years ago then I decided it wasn’t for me, so I studied medicine at Wollongong and I trained in Campbelltown Hospital and in Bankstown Hospital, so I have always been in the south west region.
When did you decide you wanted to become a GP?
I always tell people, there is a decision you must make as a doctor when it comes to your family and your career, and the only profession that I can combine both is general practice, because family is very important. I don’t want to work long hours or get called in the middle of the night. I want to have the power to take days off. That’s what general practice has to offer, and not only that, I have got a short attention span, so I like different things throughout the day! I like that surprise of not knowing what’s going to come through the door. I could never do something that was the same every day because it becomes rather boring. I think in general practice the advantage above all the other specialties is that you basically build that life long relationship with the patients and you get to see them and become a part of their family. People get to know you as a person, and you have that personal relationship, while if you were a specialist the relationship can be transactional due to the short consult: you come in, you pay, you leave. So that’s why I personally wanted to become a GP. My father-in-law is also a GP and he has been in this community for more than 40 years. He knows the whole community and that’s enjoyable to see.
What are your passions within your role? Are you striving to achieve a certain goal within your practice and/or community?
I basically enjoy children’s health, I really love kids. I enjoy men’s health and a bit of cosmetics. I like all things in general practice really. There’s not really something which I dislike, I like that as a GP you see the same person for 20-30 years.
What I’m trying to achieve as a GP, I’m trying to be someone that can at least listen to patients even if I can’t do much for them. I think if you provide that listening ear to people that is usually enough for them. I would like the profile of general practice to increase in the area, we have some registrars here now, so we are trying to teach them that you are specialists as GPs, you can do a lot more than you think you can do to help your patients. If you ask a specialist a specific question, it is not because you don’t have a clue or anything like that, encourage that team work here, we are like most practices now, where everyone is involved, we all like talking to each other casually, go to the tea room or go out for coffee. Whether it be phycologists, podiatrists or practice staff we all learn from each other. We are all very sociable and friendly. We all work together because at the end of the day it’s a family and if you don’t have a strong family in the clinic, you lose out on a lot and patients can see and feel that. We want patients to feel like they’re coming to their family, that’s what we are trying to do and hopefully in the process, the community’s heath, and all our patients who do come here improve their health outcomes.
What has been the highlight of your career?
The feeling of helping people. I come home and realise that 30 or 40 people had a question answered or they feel like someone has been listening to them. I think that a feeling of happiness comes with this profession. This is the highlight of everyday life as a GP, I think that’s the highlight of all careers, it’s not about personal achievement because that’s just temporary, but that feeling of joy that I’m doing something to help people, that’s why I do this job. I think by seeing patients you can come up with a plan or a goal, and show them that there is progress, and that you are taking initiative towards their health, most patients already know what to do, they may just require some direction.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m very actively involved in my local church. I’m part of the St Barbara Coptic Orthodox Church in Campbelltown, we do a lot of youth work and have programs for disadvantaged youth. On the other side I enjoy spending time with my family, I like spending time with my kids. I love reading when I have the time and I enjoy watching TV. I also like having time to myself.
What do you love most about the Liverpool region?
It has been good to my family and good to me as a person. Who I am is who Liverpool is really. I like the big mix of cultures and I think that we are like a central hub. If you try hard you will get far. My family who came here many years ago knew nothing, for me to see where they are at today obviously means that there are facilities in the area and capabilities for anyone to be successful.