Twenty seven doctors training to specialise as GPs descended on Dubbo last week to attend a general practice education workshop run by local training provider, GP Synergy.
Over two days a variety of topics were covered such as Aboriginal health, retrieval medicine and paediatric resuscitation amongst others, which according to GP Synergy Director of Education and Training, Dr Graham Lee, reflects the broad knowledge and skill set rural GPs require.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being a GP is that every day is different and you never know what will come through your door next,” says Dr Lee.
“However this can also be a challenging part of general practice, and these workshops are designed to help GPs in training acquire skills to manage a wide range of presentations and conditions.”
Guest expert presenters included General Practitioner, Dr Rick Aitken; General Practitioner and Visiting Medical Officer, Dr Joseph Russell; Emergency Physician, Dr Grant Westcott; and Royal Flying Doctors Service Senior Medical Officer, Dr Peter Brendt.
The workshop is just one in a series of educational activities the doctors will participate in during their three to four year GP training program.
There are currently 89 doctors training with GP Synergy to specialise as GPs in local general practices and hospitals across Western NSW. They are supported by a regional team of staff based at GP Synergy’s new Dubbo office, as well as staff located across the Western NSW region and NSW/ACT.
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