7 November 2022

Note of 7 November 2022

Dr Brendan Quinn, the ship’s doctor, tells us about his journey. He talks about his job and what this exploration mission brings him. This young doctor’s view of a demanding job is full of maturity and perspective.

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!

Brendan Quinn

Brendan Quinn. Doctor on board. Indian Ocean mission. 19_10_2022©Didier Théron_MonacoExplorations
Brendan Quinn
Physician on board the S.A. Agulhas II, specialising in emergency medicine, exploratory medicine and palliative care.

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