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Dr Kerrie Stewart

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Western NSW | Western NSW

Dr Kerrie Stewart was the 2017 Western NSW Registrar of the Year, recently receiving her fellowship, she is practising in Parkes and working with GP Synergy as a medical educator.

What do you like about being a rural GP?

I thoroughly enjoy being a rural GP, I enjoy the broad mix of patients whom I get to see and partner with in their health care.

Being a rural GP is always interesting and allows a great balance for me with my young family. I did my GP training part time and had two children in the midst of it!

Would you recommend training in Western NSW?

I was born in Cobar and spent the early years of my life on a sheep station there, my family then moved to a property near Coonabarabran.

I studied at UNSW, then travelled for a year, I was drawn back to the Central West to do my intern and residency years at Dubbo Base Hospital.

I undertook my GP training in Dubbo and Parkes. I now practise in Parkes, it’s a wonderful community to live and work in, it has a great mix of rural lifestyle, exciting tourism events, and innovative and progressive industry.

Why did you decide to become a medical educator?

As a registrar I found GP training complex and challenging, I came to appreciate the value of the medical education and support that GP Synergy offers its registrars.

It is vital for GPs to be lifelong learners, not just when in training programs or sitting exams. I enjoy learning and updating my knowledge, but if it is kept all to myself it’s a waste.

As a medical educator I hope to not just share knowledge, but to help others discover how best they learn, to encourage and inspire them to enjoy lifelong learning, and develop skills in knowledge sharing with both colleagues and patients.

I love that I continue to learn so much in a position that fits well with my clinical work and family commitments!