There are not many young people who would fi nd joy in working in rural or small towns away from the bright lights
and hustle and bustle of big city life. However, Carolyn Noel, 33, is not an ordinary young person – she is refreshing to say the least.
She is a dedicated doctor who not only enjoys working in a state hospital, but would also rather be working at a small hospital in a small town.
Dr Noel, a specialist obstetrician/gynaecologist at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, has a deep passion for her job.
Born in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Noel grew up in Krugersdorp, after her family moved to Johannesburg when she was young.
“My parents were teachers in Soweto in the early 80s. My father was always quite the liberal.
He worked in Soweto for many years. He was a headmaster and tried to improve education in Soweto at the time,” she says.
Dr Noel matriculated from Krugersdorp High School and enrolled at Wits University to study medicine.
After her studies she moved to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, to do her internship and community service.
“I really enjoyed the more rural environment of Nelspruit and working with the community there. I love the quality of life in smaller more rural towns.
Also, as a doctor, I think your small interventions have a greater impact in smaller towns than big cities.”
When Dr Noel had completed her internship and community service she moved to Canada where she worked as a general practitioner. After spending two years there, she moved back home.
“I chose to come back because my heart was in South Africa and I wanted to follow my passion and love for obstetrics and gynaecology. This passion started while I was working in Nelspruit.”
On her return she started with her registrar training, which was another four years that would in the end see her specialise as a gynaecologist.
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