To become a GP takes many years of hard work and dedication, and Dr Nicole Smith 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.
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 GP, Dr Smith is in her second year of training, undertaking placements at Dubbo Family Doctors and Dubbo Aboriginal Medical Service, she is on track to complete her training next year.
““I decided to become a GP as I like the variety that general practice offers and the ability to provide continuity of care for patients over time.
“As a medical student, I moved to Dubbo to do a year of training at the School of Rural Health.
“After completing my internship and residency I then moved back to Dubbo for GP training.
“I would definitely recommend training in a rural area, being rural you get to be a part of the local community in a way that’s not as easy to do in a big city like Sydney.
“And the lifestyle is definitely better!
“Training in Aboriginal health has been really interesting and rewarding, lots of learning and different challenges to help patients overcome and learning how best to do that.
“Being named Registrar of the Year for Western NSW is a reflection on the amazing GP supervisors and practice staff that I’ve worked with and who’ve been an amazing support in helping me learn and navigate how to become a good GP.
“I plan on staying in Western NSW after completing my training,” Dr Smith said.
GP Synergy CEO, John Oldfield, congratulated Dr Smith on her achievement.
“It is a pleasure for GP Synergy to recognise excellence and commitment in GP training.
“With more than 100 registrars currently training in accredited general practices across Western NSW region, Dr Smith’s achievement is certainly something to be proud of,” he said.
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