It’s good news for Wagga Wagga, with 25 trainee GPs starting their specialist GP training terms here, an increase in numbers over recent years.
Each of the already qualified doctors is undertaking their three-to-four years community-based training on the Australian General Practice Training program with local training provider GP Synergy, and work under the supervision of an accredited local GP.
One of the GP trainees, Dr Sofia Dominguez, is planning to stay in Wagga Wagga for the long term and is starting her training at Central Wagga Medical.
“I started medical school with the ambition of being a rural GP, I then considered general surgery, but returned to general practice so I could combine my interests in surgery, medical education and primary health”, Dr Dominguez said.
“I hope to provide thoughtful, personalised medicine and maintain lifelong relationships with my patients.
“I am looking forward to GP specialist training and learning from various mentors and using their skills and techniques to form my own GP style.
“While my specialist GP training has only just begun, I’ve lived here for eight years and call Wagga Wagga home, I can’t imagine leaving to live in a city again.”
GP Synergy CEO Cameron Wilson said the local community plays an important role in helping doctors settle in and form personal networks.
“GP registrars contribute significantly to primary healthcare provision in rural areas like Wagga Wagga,” Mr Wilson said.
“A full-time doctor training in the Murrumbidgee region will undertake on average more than 2400 consultations over a six-month period.
“Our local education teams are pleased that the consistent feedback we receive is that the registrars find rural training a rich and rewarding learning environment.
“Receiving a first-class training experience is critical, as is ensuring doctors and their families, are well-supported and nurtured by the local community.”
There are currently 74 GP registrars training throughout the Murrumbidgee area.
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