Wagga a hit with GPs in training - GP Synergy

Wagga a hit with GPs in training

Rachel_webNineteen doctors training to specialise as GPs descended on Wagga Wagga last week to attend a general practice education workshop run by local training provider, GP Synergy.

The doctors form part of group of 51 GP registrars currently training with GP Synergy in hospitals and local general practices across the Murrumbidgee and Riverina region.

One of these GP registrars, Dr Rachel Fikkers (pictured), completed medical school in Wollongong before moving to Wagga Wagga to undertake her hospital training and hasn’t looked back.

“Wagga Wagga is a great town,” she says. “It is quite large, with a booming economy and I have found there is plenty to do and see.

“My family moved to Wagga with me, and there are great schools, a university and job prospects for them also.

“It has facilities to rival other major cities with the country charm of rural life – it’s the best of both worlds!”

Dr Fikkers said she has always wanted to be a GP and finds it a highly rewarding career.

“The best part of rural general practice is the continuity of care and being an integral part of people’s lives.

“I love the feeling of being able to make a difference to someone’s life, even if that is just being there to listen,” says Dr Fikkers.

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 Murrumbidgee and Riverina will participate in a range of regional education activities, led by local GPs with medical education expertise who are supported by program staff based at the local Wagga Wagga office.

“Being taught by GPs with local experience 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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