Tamworth rural GP Dr Samantha Baker, has been announced as the highest scoring candidate in NSW/ ACT in the recent Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) fellowship clinical exam.
Dr Baker (pictured) commenced her rural GP training with local GP training provider GP Synergy in 2013 in the New England/Northwest NSW training region.
She enjoyed a varied training experience at Tamworth Hospital and Smith Street Practice in Tamworth, as well as undertaking an academic post with the University of New England, and being the official registrar representative for the New England/Northwest region.
According to GP Synergy Director of Training, Dr Graham Lee, coming first in such an exam is no mean feat.
“Fellowship examinations are the final assessments in a doctor’s journey to becoming a fully qualified specialist GP,” says Dr Lee.
“Passing these exams signifies that a doctor is competent and able to provide high quality care as an independent general practitioner.
“To obtain the highest score in this assessment is a significant achievement and we warmly congratulate Samantha on her success.”
So now she is a fully qualified GP, what’s next for Dr Baker?
“I will be remaining in Tamworth for the foreseeable future, as I enjoy rural practice for its scope, variety and the opportunities it affords me both personally and professionally,” she says.
“I have greatly enjoyed my time training in Tamworth. The lifestyle and the work are both rewarding, and the community has been very supportive of me during my time here.
“I would highly recommend the New England region as a place for future junior doctors to live and train.”