Brendan Quinn, doctor on board
I was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa and I am currently working as a emergency care physician in Gauteng.
I have a specific interest in expedition medicine and have undergone further training in aviation medicine, expedition medicine and palliative care.
It has been my lifelong dream to become a doctor and I have been privileged enough to work in the South African setting where there is endless exposure to trauma and emergency medicine.
Working as a junior doctor in the public sector in South Africa has allowed me to work under strenuous conditions, in often resource strapped environments, but despite this I have met phenomenal doctors and worked with many health care workers who have had a positive impact on the community.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic I worked in an ICU which, despite being rewarding was both physically/emotionally draining. I had seen many of my Peers suffer from burnout and significant mental health issues and because of this decided to take a sabbatical after completing my community service year in an attempt to avoid the same fate.
I subsequently embarked on a long awaited adventure that involved cycling through parts of Spain, Andorra and the South of France for 6 weeks.I was also able to hike a part of the Transkei on the coast of South Africa with a close friend and do all sorts of interesting and fun jobs this year.
My hobbies include reading, and exercising. I particularly enjoy running and cycling which has also encouraged me to compete in triathlons. 2022 was a big sporting year for me as I ran my first marathon and completed my first Triathlon. I have made it my yearly mission to go diving in Sodwana bay (which has the world best coral reefs in my opinion). Beyond my love for exercise and the outdoors I am a great lover of coffee and eating (everything and anything).
The Monaco Explorations Voyage has been a phenomenal experience for me. I never expected to meet as many interesting people whom are all so passionate about their work! This voyage has taught me that I know so little about the ocean and that I have so much to learn.
I am excited to share what I have learnt whilst on board this vessel of expertise. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity to meet all the researchers and hope they are also enjoying this once in a lifetime opportunity!