A Bathurst GP has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs.
Dr Catherine Stewart of Russell Street Medical Centre was named GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the Western NSW training subregion, at a ceremony in Dubbo last night.
Dr Stewart has been a GP in Bathurst for 20 years and became accredited to supervise doctors training to specialise as GPs seven years ago.
“I have been heavily involved in training GP registrars since my own time as a registrar in Bathurst and Orange.
“I’ve been involved in assessing registrars as a visiting GP in most of the practices in Bathurst, Orange and Lithgow as well as further afield to Forbes, Parkes, Cowra and Broken Hill.
“When the main supervisor in our practice, Dr Geoff Chew, left about seven years ago it was the perfect opportunity to take on the role of GP supervisor to our registrars.
“My motto in teaching is ‘I’ll teach you what is not in the textbook’.
“Conversely, the registrars update me on what is in the textbook – although now it’s more likely to be the online guidelines!
“I enjoy seeing a registrar transition from hospital to general practice and their satisfaction at getting patients returning to them for ongoing care.
“It is particularly gratifying when a GP registrar stays and works in the region and even more so in our practice and our relationship then changes to that of colleagues.
“Hopefully they will then be inspired to be the future GP supervisors,” Dr Stewart said.
Mr John Oldfield, CEO of local general practice education and training provider, GP Synergy, said the awards recognise excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
“The training of GP registrars relies heavily on accredited GPs and general practices to ensure GP registrars receive the training they require to understand and meet the health care needs of local communities.
“There are about 120 accredited training facilities across the Western NSW training subregion, training more than 100 GP registrars.
“The importance of the role of the supervisor in developing our next generation of highly skilled GPs cannot be understated,” Mr Oldfield said.
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