Registrars hone their skills at workshops

ALMOST 40 general practitioner registrars will start their training with Beyond Medical Education in Bendigo this week.

The registrars are fully qualified doctors who are undertaking specialist training to become GPs.

They are completing the Australian General Practice Training program through Beyond Medical Education and will participate in a workshop at the Quality Resort All Seasons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The diverse registrars are from  diverse cultural backgrounds  and will be living and working in Ararat, Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Creswick, Daylesford, Deniliquin, Echuca, Gisborne, Kyneton, Merbein, Mildura, Riddells Creek, St Arnaud, Stawell, Swan Hill and Woodend.

Beyond Medical Education director of training Ann-Marie McKinnon said the workshop would cover a range of topics including communication, Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

"These are doctors who have done their six years or post grads at university and then they've done their year or two years of internship and then house medical officer," Dr McKinnon said.

"Then they've decided they want to be GPs.

"You can make a decision at that stage that you want to do physician training or pediatrics or surgery or whatever and that's a long road to do any of those things.

"GPs is the shortest training route so they have a period of a year of fairly supervised work within a GP practice - it's like an apprenticeship.

"Then they have another year where they're consolidating their skills and they sit their exams and they have the option of another year, the option of that third year is to extended skills like they might do obstetrics."

Dr McKinnnon said it was a very exciting time for the registrars.

"It's also a huge learning curve for them," she said.

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