Love the best medicine for western suburbs junior doctors

James and Katherine Caudle at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d490991d
James and Katherine Caudle at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d490991d

THERE is a fair amount of healthy competition between aspiring western suburbs medical professionals – and married couple – James and Katherine Caudle.

King Edward Memorial Hospital Resident Medical Officer James completed an internship at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2018, and his wife Katherine has just started in the same position.

“Having James going through it first has made me feel a lot more settled and I’m able to ask some advice, tips and tricks on how to survive the internship,” Katherine said.

“He’s very compassionate and charismatic with the patients.”

The couple first met at Leonora one weekend, during a volunteer-run program, where they both helped train and educate kids about health.

“We met on that trip and have never separated since,” Katherine said.

The Como residents are following in each others foot steps, both ambitious to climb up the medical industry ladder.

“Kath’s a genius, she’s very smart as opposed to me who just gets by – there’s a bit of healthy competition between us,” James said.

Both junior doctors said before they met, they both had separate ambitions to enter the medical field – James with the goal to become a surgeon and Katherine with aspirations to become a physician.

“Being together, we’ve inspired each other to do medicine and fulfil that dream so to speak, so when James got into the industry, it encouraged me to apply,” Katherine said.

She said they used to have a rule to not talk about work at home, but it soon lapsed.

“We’ve got rid of it now – it just doesn’t work anymore,” Katherine said.