New registrars to begin in Alpine Shire
DEMAND for general practice training continues to grow with 150 registrars attending Murray City Country Coast ( MCCC) GP Training’s orientation at multiple locations across Victoria last week.
MCCC is a regional training organisation, delivering and managing training towards fellowship of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, or both.
MCCC chief executive officer Greg McMeel, said that following the orientation registrars will start their training in a general practice in a rural, regional or Melbourne-based setting.
“Our registrars learn to practice in real life situ- ations, under the experienced eye of accredited supervisors, practice managers and MCCC medical educators, who adopt roles as teacher, mentor and advisor to the many doctors in training,” Mr McMeel said.
“Over a period of three to four years comprehensive, one-on-one teaching, supervision, feedback and advice will be given to our ‘apprentice’ GPs.
“This will prepare them to practice in the future in their chosen community and at the end of this time they will be fully qualified or fellowed.”
Registrars have already completed five or six years of medical school and two years of pre- vocational training in a hospital setting, during which time they choose a specialty.
GP training is proving increasingly popular for the variety of skills needed in the specific role.
In a rural environment a doctor will not only operate independently in practice - they may also perform specialist skills such as emergency medicine, obstetrics, anaesthetics or dermatology at their local hospital or clinic.
“We are pleased that all available places for training have been taken up this year, as has been the case since our organisation began in January 2016,” Mr McMeel said.
“This gives us great confidence that we will continue to expand on and deliver outstanding education to these GPs of the future.”