A Raymond Terrace GP has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs.
Dr Christopher Boyle of Raymond Terrace Family Practice was named GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast training subregion, at a ceremony in Newcastle.
Dr Boyle has cared for the community of Raymond Terrace as a GP since 1984. As a GP supervisor for nearly 30 years he has also trained many doctors on their path to becoming specialist GPs.
“I wanted to teach young doctors and help them to be good GP. I believe that well-trained, well-resourced general practice is the best form of medicine for a community.
“I did my GP own time as a GP registrar at Narromine where I had two supervisors, Dr Keith MacLachlan and Dr Bob Kirkby, I learnt a lot from them that I still use today.
“I was lucky that when I came to the Raymond Terrace practice that I had two mentors, Dr Bruce Keating and Dr Ian Walker, from whom I learnt a lot about being a GP, in turn I wanted to pass on my experience.
“My role is to try to be a good role model, teach what I can and assist doctors to find their way in the GP world.
“I learn as much from the registrars as they learn from me, they keep me up to date and aware of the latest changes in medicine, help me use technology and the computer better!
“The best thing about supervising GP registrars is watching them develop their skills, their styles and develop into terrific family physicians,” Dr Boyle said.
Mr John Oldfield, CEO of local general practice education and training provider, GP Synergy, said the awards recognise excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
“The training of GP registrars relies heavily on accredited GPs and general practices to ensure GP registrars receive the training they require to understand and meet the health care needs of local communities.
“There are more than 280 accredited GP supervisors across the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast training subregion, training a similar number of GP registrars.
“The importance of the role of the supervisor in developing our next generation of highly skilled GPs cannot be understated,” Mr Oldfield said.
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