Dr Peterson’s Bonnells Bay Surgery is currently training two GP registrars.
“GP registrars are fully qualified doctors who undertake another three to four years specialised training to become a GP. Mostly it’s on-the-job training supervised by an accredited local GP,” Dr Tony Saltis, GP Synergy’s Regional Head of Education Hunter, New England and Central Coast said.
Dr Peterson’s long-term commitment and enthusiasm for training registrars was acknowledged when he was named last year’s GP Synergy GP Supervisor of the Year for the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast.
“We enjoy passing on our skills, and putting yourself through the learning and teaching process is also rewarding.
“Obviously, succession is an issue for many practices and that is also part of our motivation – we can’t live forever!
“Supporting new doctors is particularly important in smaller communities, who rely on attracting skilled professionals through the lifestyle and being part of a community,” Dr Peterson said.
Dr Sadheesh Rathnayake is one of the GP registrars undertaking a placement at the Bonnells Bay Surgery, and enjoying his time there – so much so that he is considering staying on in the area.
“It’s a beautiful location so it was easy to pick. My partner graduated from this area, so it was an easy decision to be closer to her.
“During medical training most of my mentors have been rural GPs – highly skilled and lovely people who enjoyed their jobs. Early on I made the decision that I wanted the same thing.
“I’m enjoying training in Bonnells Bay, it’s a neat little practice. Dr Peterson is a great mentor, my colleagues are wonderful, and the patients here are also very nice, so indeed a great training opportunity,” Dr Rathnayake said.
There are currently 145 GP Synergy registrars training in accredited general practices throughout the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast subregion.