Forty nine doctors training to specialise as GPs descended on Newcastle this week to attend a general practice education workshop run by local training provider, GP Synergy.
The doctors are just some of the 157 GP registrars currently training with GP Synergy in hospitals and local general practices across the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast region.
One of these GP registrars is Dr Melanie Yeh – a home grown doctor who grew up just outside of Newcastle, completed her medical degree at the University of Newcastle, and undertook hospital training within the John Hunter Hospital network before deciding to train as a GP in the area.
“I’m a Novocastrian at heart, and I don’t think I’m alone when I say we have some of the most amazing beaches on the continent,” she says.
“The food scene and restaurants locally are amazing, as is the coffee, and I love using my free weekends to head to the artisan and farmer’s markets.”
Dr Yeh (pictured) spent several years working in the hospital setting before deciding to specialise as a GP.
“I wasn’t sure in the beginning if I wanted to be a GP, but I found the more years of hospital training I did, the more I felt I was missing out on being able to see how my patients and their families were doing long term.
“Now I’m working in the community it’s lovely to have patients who I see regularly with different illnesses and in different times of their lives.
“I think I’ll definitely be staying and working in Newcastle for a long time,’” she says.
Training to become a fellowed GP generally takes three to four years, depending on the doctor’s experience prior to entering the GP training program.
GP Synergy Director of Education and Training, Dr Graham Lee says that during training GP registrars in the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast area will participate in a range of regional education activities, led by local GPs with medical education expertise and experience.
“Led by Dr Tony Saltis, the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast medical education team is a mix of dedicated experienced and new local medical educators who have knowledge of the region and population health needs,” says Dr Lee.
“Being taught by GPs with local expertise and understanding of regional health issues is critical to ensuring GP registrars can acquire the skills and knowledge relevant to the area in which they are training,” he says.
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