Dr Vinay Potumuthu of McKid Medical in Kyogle has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs, by being named GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the North Coast training region.
Dr Potumuthu has been training GP registrars since 2018, when McKid Medical became accredited to train GP registrars in Kyogle.
“I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have been nominated for the award, but I’m just grateful to be involved in GP registrar training,” Dr Potumuthu said.
“I decided to become a GP supervisor as it’s a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the development of competent GP registrars equipped to provide safe and appropriate patient care.
“I enjoy helping registrars gain confidence and competence.
“Nurturing the next generation of general practitioners here in Kyogle is very satisfying.
“I feel thankful and humbled to receive the award.”
Mrs Georgina van de Water, CEO of local general practice education and training provider GP Synergy, said GP supervisors and general practice staff are an essential part of training our next generation of GPs.
“GP supervisors play a crucial role in ensuring these GP registrars develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand and meet local population health care needs.
“Across the North Coast region, there are more than 240 accredited GP supervisors, training over 200 GP registrars.
“Although there can only be one winner, the annual Supervisor of the Year award provides an opportunity to reflect and call attention to the significant contribution and dedication of all of our GP supervisors.
“In what has been a particularly challenging year for general practice, our GP supervisors have risen to the challenge whilst also ensuring the training needs of registrars have been met.
“GP Synergy is delighted to be able to present this year’s Supervisor of the Year award for North Coast to Dr Potumuthu in recognition of his commitment to excellence in general practice education and training,” she said.
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