To become a GP takes many years of hard work and dedication, and Dr Ariana Arulampalam is well on her way to achieving that goal.
On Thursday night, she was announced as the GP Synergy North Coast Registrar of the Year.
The award presented by local GP training provider, GP Synergy, recognises excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
Dr Arulampalam is currently completing her training at Dorrigo Health and Wellbeing. She made the decision to become a rural GP so has also upskilled in obstetrics and gynaecology during her GP training, an extra skill highly valued in rural communities.
“I always knew I wanted to specialise in an area where I could ‘do everything’, as well as rural and remote medicine, so I realised that with GP I had found the right specialty.
“My most recent training term in Dorrigo has cemented my passion for rural medicine.
“I have loved getting up every day to a job where I can make a real difference in people’s lives.
“Working in a small community has made me feel included and valued as a practitioner.
“I have also found it extremely professionally satisfying, as a rural practitioner I provide more complex care than what I would be doing in inner city Sydney.
“My husband and I will be staying in the Mid North Coast region for at least a couple of years, as I love working in Dorrigo far too much to move just yet!” Dr Arulampalam said.
GP Synergy CEO, John Oldfield, congratulated Dr Arulampalam on her achievement.
“It is a pleasure for GP Synergy to recognise excellence and commitment in GP training.
“With more than 200 registrars currently training in accredited general practices across the North Coast region, Dr Arulampalam’s achievement is certainly something to be proud of,” he said.
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