PROFILE: David Triffitt
David Triffitt has found that art--an interest developed from an early age--helps to break down the barriers in his role as a general practitioner
Since I was about 12 years old, I always wanted to have my own art gallery. Sadly, I never realised my ambition to skulk moodily around a fine art degree and instead went to medical school and had a fantastic time. Around the time that my peers were discussing rotations, jobs, and postgraduate qualifications, however, I couldn't help thinking, “So when do I get some time for me?” It all seemed rather daunting and serious.
I did my senior house officer jobs and then went on a Raleigh International expedition to Guyana in South America. I was there primarily as the medic looking after a group of 12 people in remote areas. We did amazing, storybook things, such as swinging across piranha infested rivers on vines, trekking for days through waist deep swamps, and bathing naked in mountain waterfalls. It wasn't all action, though: I also watched the sun rise,