The TAC Health Group would like to welcome Dr Janice Chin who is joining us as a General Practitioner. Janice has a broad-based knowledge in all aspects of general practice and she has previous experience in managing both planned and unscheduled care in a general practice environment. Her previous experience brings a multifaceted skill set to TAC’s growing capability providing additional capacity in the following areas:
She also brings an additional set of specialist skills and interests in the field of Occupational Health and Travel Medicine. Janice has over 7 years’ experience in providing occupational health services to the Oil & Gas Industry and remains a registered Oil & Gas UK Doctor. She is also a member of the Travel Medicine of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, allowing TAC to offer high standards of travel medicine practice to all of our clients
Getting to know her…
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Usually a combination of multiple alarm clocks on snooze and my husband’s singing in the shower.
How would you describe your day job to a child?
My job is to help other people. If someone is not feeling well, my job is to try figuring out the issue and fix it, or arrange for the person to see another doctor or therapist who could get them better. Sometimes, it is about making sure that they are well before travelling or going to work.
What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
My son is my biggest achievement to date personally. He is a very happy, cheeky boy and I hope that he will grow into a caring, honest and responsible adult.
Professionally, I have been very fortunate to have various opportunities in my employment to date, to develop different interests and gain additional qualifications in various medical fields. This gives me a much broader perspective in health in general, as well as variety at work.
What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?
The single biggest challenge is to get my son ready and out of the door first thing in the morning!! It would either be “I am too tired” or “I can’t find my socks…” or something along those lines!
Work is completely variable depending on the day. I joined The Aberdeen Clinic in September 2019; as well as doing GP consultations, various medicals, I am also doing minor operations. We are actively working on incorporating my other skills to provide additional services, so watch this space!
What three words would you use to describe your role?
Innovative, flexible, interesting!
If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?
Probably with my younger self when I was a fresh graduate. I would have had more time and energy to develop various interests and learn more both personally and professionally.
What is on your wish list for your next five years here?
I would like to see The Aberdeen Clinic getting bigger and providing a much wider range of services, and be proud of the fact that I had some contribution to this.
What are your biggest professional challenges?
There is so much to learn about medicine in all the different fields. I love learning and am often fascinated with whichever field I am learning about. Trying to find time to learn as much as possible and putting into practice is an ongoing challenge!
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
I have been very lucky to have encountered and worked with some great people, it is difficult to just pick one! To name a few: Dr Margaret Hamilton, Professor Graham Devereux, Dr Ken Lawton, Mr Douglas Harper, Dr Douglas Nicol; all excellent in their own field professionally, yet ever so lovely and supportive at different stages of my life, both professionally and personally.
What do you like most about your job?
The fact that I am helping others; yet enjoying the variety and flexibility!
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
It was about 2 weeks ago. My husband is so funny and often has us in stitches!
What is your motto or personal mantra?
I have two: “Treat others the way I would like to be treated” and “Do not do a half decent job; either do it properly or don’t bother doing it at all”.
What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?
Freeview. I don’t even watch much TV on the actual TV!
Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
I would love to be Zhuge Liang, an ancient Chinese scholar. From what I have learnt of him, he was extremely intelligent, with vision and patience, loyal and fair.
What’s your favourite film?
A few actually, depending on the mood: Emperor of the Sun, The Shawshank Redemption, any movie with Adam Sandler in.
What is your guilty pleasure?
What I tell others: Flavoured G&T or glass of bubbles…
Reality: Watching cartoon with my son, then realising he is not even in the room!