To become a GP takes many years of hard work and dedication, and Dr Kerrie Stewart is well on her way to achieving that goal.
On Tuesday night, she was announced as the GP Synergy Western NSW Registrar of the Year, for receiving the highest score amongst Western NSW candidates sitting the Royal Australian College of General Practice exams last term.
The award presented by local GP training provider, GP Synergy, recognises excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
After deciding to specialise as a rural GP, Dr Stewart is now in her third term of GP training based in Parkes.
No stranger to life in Western NSW, she was raised on properties in Cobar and Coonabarabran, and completed her internship and residency at Dubbo Base Hospital.
“My family is settled in Parkes and I intend to continue working here once I am fellowed as a GP, as it’s a wonderful community to live and work in.
“I really enjoy being a rural GP as it is always interesting and allows a great balance for me with my young family.
“I’m thoroughly enjoying working and training at Ochre Health Medical Centre due to the wonderful team of medical, nursing and office staff and the broad mix of patients that I get to see, and partner with in their health care,” Dr Stewart said.
GP Synergy CEO, John Oldfield, congratulated Dr Stewart on her achievement.
“There are more than 100 hundred registrars currently training in accredited general practices across Western NSW.
“They are trained by dedicated regional medical educators and supervisors who delivered education and training tailored to meet the needs of local communities.
“We warmly congratulate Dr Stewart on her significant exam achievement, and applaud her willingness to support other registrars training in Western NSW reach their fellowship exam goals,” Mr Oldfield said.