On Thursday, general practice training provider GP Synergy proudly announced local GP Dr Rachel James as the winner of the 2020 GP Synergy Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Registrar of the Year Award at a presentation in Deniliquin.
The award is presented to a GP in training in NSW or ACT, or who has recently completed their training, who demonstrates community leadership, a strong commitment to rural general practice and sound academic performance.
Dr James, a GP obstetrician, chose to train with GP Synergy on the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine pathway as it gave her the flexibility to extend her hospital skills while focusing on primary care.
“For many junior doctors GP training is the first time you can really step outside of the hospital bubble.
“Being able to move to community medicine after several years in hospital was, for me, a welcome change.
“It was nice to see patients who were not at the extremes of needing hospital care, it felt like you could work on people’s health rather than focus on illness,” Dr James said.
Despite the rigours of four extra years of training, Dr James has found living and working in Deniliquin a rural doctor’s dream.
“The variety you get here in Deniliquin is very special.
“We have a strong base of primary care and we have a well-functioning hospital that means very strong continuity of care and care close to home for our patients.
“I feel very humbled because I know even though I worked hard to gain my fellowship, it has really been the support structure around me that has provided a path for me to advance.
“It really does take a village to raise a GP obstetrician!” Dr James said.
GP Synergy CEO, Georgina van de Water, congratulated Dr James on her achievement.
“GPs like Dr James, who in addition to their GP training gain additional specialised skills like obstetrics, are directly working towards better meeting the needs of rural communities,” Mrs van de Water said.
“They play an important role in many smaller rural communities where hospitals do not have staff specialists, and GPs service that healthcare gap.
“GP registrars have undertaken more than 156,000 consultations across the Murrumbidgee and ACT region in the first half of this year alone.
“GP Synergy is delighted to recognise Dr James as the 2020 GP Synergy ACRRM Registrar of the Year for commitment and excellence during her GP training.
“With more than 150 registrars currently training in the Murrumbidgee and ACT subregion, Dr James’ achievement is certainly something to be proud of,” she said.
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