Three degrees and 10 long years later, 27-year-old Dr Angela Pardey is following in the footsteps of her father – Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Clinical Director Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Dr John Pardey - to become a doctor for the Local Health District.
Dr Angela Pardey is one of 59 new medical interns – one of the largest intern cohorts in the state - who will branch out in hospitals throughout the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District as they become qualified medical specialists.
“It’s going to be challenging and it’s an entirely different atmosphere already, but I’m looking forward to getting a feel for each of the specialties,” Angela laughed.
“It’s comparable to the first day of high school in that there’s so much to learn and everyone’s getting to know one another. It’s very exciting.”
Despite her enthusiasm, Angela didn’t always want to study medicine: watching her parents, both doctors, put in such long working hours was off-putting.
“I was determined not to be a doctor, so I studied an Arts/Science during my undergraduate years,” Angela explained.
“Wen I finished I couldn’t really think of anything else that I’d like to do, so I applied for the graduate medicine course. My parents were overjoyed.”
Dr John Pardey, who has been working at Nepean Hospital for 27 years, says he’s happy his daughter will be working as a doctor for the Local Health District.
“As a family, we’ve always supported Angela’s choices,” Dr John Pardey said.
Dr Angela Pardey started her clinical rotations at Nepean Hospital last month.