Moving from Canberra to Griffith to complete his training to become a specialist GP at Your Health Griffith has had many benefits for Dr Justin Friedman.
“I grew up in Sydney before moving to Canberra to study medicine and eventually start my GP training there.
“Living in Canberra I realised I preferred smaller metropolitan areas compared to larger ones like Sydney, I figured if I preferred smaller cities, maybe I would see what an even smaller town is like hence my move to Griffith.
“I also wanted to gain more skills which would inevitably make me a more independent practitioner as well as enjoy the lifestyle benefits of a rural environment,” Dr Friedman said.
The patients he sees and the benefits of living in a multicultural town like Griffith have made living and training here an experience he would recommend to other doctors.
“I’ve found I’ve received a broader training experience.
“I see patients with later presentations of disease as well as a few more unusual diseases not commonly seen in urban areas.
“There’s plenty to see and do and everyone is very friendly, I’d encourage more GP trainees to move from the city for rural GP training,” Dr Friedman said.
Dr Friedman is one of the more than 1900 doctors training to specialise as a GP across NSW and ACT and one of over 60 in the Murrumbidgee area.
To become a GP, doctors spend three to four years training in a variety of hospital and community-based settings.
Local GP training organisation GP Synergy CEO, Georgina van de Water, said the community welcoming registrars like Dr Friedman as they settle into a town makes their move easier.
“GP registrars play an important role in primary healthcare provision in rural areas like Griffith,” Mrs van de Water said.
“GP registrars make a significant contribution to primary health care provision in local communities, undertaking more than 87,600 consultations across the Murrumbidgee in the first half of this year alone,” Mrs van de Water said.
“Over the many years that we have been training doctors to specialise as GPs in rural communities, the consistent feedback we receive is that they find rural training a rich and rewarding learning environment.
“As we have seen in the case of Dr Friedman and Griffith, how local communities welcome and support GP registrars during their training can have a significant impact on their experience and career decisions.”
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