A Tamworth GP has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs.
Dr Casey Sullivan of My GP Tamworth was named GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the New England/Northwest training subregion, at a ceremony in Tamworth last night.
Dr Sullivan completed her training to become a specialist GP in 2010, and not long after became accredited to supervise doctors on their path to becoming a GP.
“Being Tamworth region born and bred, I always wanted to return home to practice medicine and raise my family.
“I have always had a passion and aptitude for teaching.
“The phenomenal registrars in our region already have a handle on the medicine, what they need is to learn how to develop rapport with a patient, local community knowledge, specialist recommendations, the best schools, where should they go for coffee – all the bits that provide a great work-life balance.
“The doctors want comradery and to know that they are a special and integral part of both the practice and community, so I ensure that experience is part of my teaching.
“I am grateful and appreciative that I can switch between the mentor and mentee role with my registrars, who still allow me to continue to learn through their talents and approaches to patients.
“Every day as a GP supervisor I gain more and more knowledge and experience through teaching and learning, and I know I am very lucky to be able to do so,” Dr Sullivan 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 40 accredited training practices across the New England/Northwest training subregion, training more than 60 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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