Fiona Reilly is a traveller, writer and senior paediatric emergency physician. Of these three, she usually puts “doctor” on visa applications to avoid trouble and awkward questions. She has spent her life journeying across cultures, languages and cuisines, trying to figure out what makes us tick as humans. She sees the emergency department as a microcosm of the wider world, with all its wonderful contradictions and challenges. As Director of Emergency Medicine Training at Queensland Children’s Hospital, and collaborator in paediatric emergency medicine initiatives in China and Pakistan, Fiona is passionate about bringing out the creativity, compassion, curiosity and humour in her trainees, to help them be the best humans possible.
Creativity in: A Medical Career
A medical life and a creative life are not mutually exclusive – in fact, they can be mutually enhancing. Creativity underpins everything we do as clinicians, but more importantly, fostering a life of creativity makes us better clinicians.