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GP Registrar training in Wagga Wagga

 


GP Registrar training in Wagga Wagga is something this practice has been dedicated to for many years.
Below is some relevant information for potential GP Registrars about what our practice can provide.
 

 


Our GP Registrar Supervisors

Testimonials from Current and Former GP Registrars

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Message to potential GP Registrars from the Practice Manager


Our GP Registrar Supervisors

 

Dr Mark Smith

Dr Mark Smith studied at Newcastle University and was a resident at both Westmead Hospital and Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital prior to becoming a GP.  He has completed his Diploma in Paediatrics, and a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology.  Dr Smith has been a GP in Wagga Wagga for 20 years.  He has an interest in Geriatrics and Musculo-skeletal medicine.  Dr Smith has been an EXAMINER for the RACGP in the past and is also an experienced Supervisor. 

Dr Jane Goddard

Dr Jane Goddard is a dedicated medical professional with a wide range of experience which our registrars can draw upon.  Dr Goddard obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Melbourne University in 1981, and has been a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural @ Remote Medicine since 2000.  Dr Goddard has held a number of professional positions and has been on various committees including Committee member:

~  Therapeutic Goods Administration Advisory Committee on Pharmaceutical Medicines (current)
~  Quality Practice and Research Committees
~  Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network
~  Also a Mentor, RAMUS (Rural Australian Medical Undergraduate Scholarships, National Rural Health Alliance)

Dr Goddard also works as a Women’s Health Physician at the Women’s Health Clinic one day per week. She has also worked as a Medical Officer, Critical Care Unit, Calvary Hospital; Expedition Medical Officer, MAWSON Station, Antarctica; Expedition Medical Officer at DAVIS Station, Antarctica; VMO at various hospitals; Medical Officer at Kapooka Medical Centre army base and the RAAF base; along with a number of other positions.

Dr Marietjie van der Merwe

Dr Marietjie van der Merwe completed her undergraduate medical degree in South Africa.  She also spent 18 months in a rural mission hospital whilst completing her Diploma in Tropical medicine.  After spending a year in the UK mainly as a locum in Paediatrics and Internal medicine, she returned to South Africa as a Senior Medical Officer in Internal Medicine for 12 months and then worked in Paediatrics.  Upon completing her Masters in Family Medicine, she worked as GP in South Africa until 2009, when she and her medical specialist husband moved to Australia.
Upon moving to Australia, Dr van der Merwe started work at the UNSW Rural Clinical School in Wagga Wagga as a lecturer, and after completing registration needs commenced working as a GP.  She obtained her RACGP Fellowship after 2 years.  Presently she still lectures part-time, mainly to Year 3, 5 and 6 medical students.  
Dr van der Merwe also runs the Primary care rotation at the clinical school.  Dr van der Merwe is very passionate about the role of the GP, not only in rural settings but also urban.  She strongly believes that communication is an integral part of the GP role, and that this needs to be combined with good clinical skills and a broad knowledge base, which should continually be refreshed.  She has completed a research project since moving to Australia, and hopes to do more.  

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Testimonials from Current and Former GP Registrars

Our teaching experience since 2010
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Please find below 7 x testimonials:

Dr Letava Tafuna’i   –   GPT1, GPT2 (Current)

“Having the opportunity to do my 2017 GPT1 and GPT2 at Kooringal Medical Centre has been a true blessing!  This is a great practice in all respects.

The staff are awesome!  There are 7 doctors all of whom are experienced and well respected with one of them visiting monthly from Sydney.  All doctors are friendly and willing to help whenever asked.  There are 3 supervisors whom are fantastic and always approachable even if they aren’t your delegated supervisor.   We have one hour a week of regular registrar teaching with one of the supervisors.   Apart from my supervisor always being available even if he isn’t in the practice that day, there is a weekly one on one meeting to discuss any difficult patients I may have etc.  I got to do a lot of procedural work early on, gaining confidence to do procedures on my own early in my training.  My supervisor always made time to make sure I got the skill right despite his own busy workload.

My workload is great.   I started with a lot of time to see my patients to help me get used to the system.  There was always time to read in between patients.  Gradually as my confidence and knowledge grew I was able to see more patients.  I never felt under pressure.  I really feel supported!

The practice manager  Cheryl is phenomenal.  Not only working with the practices best interests but she genuinely goes out of her way for your best interests.  Being new to Wagga, she helped my children and I with EVERYTHING you can imagine from finding a place to stay, to helping us find all things needed in settling a family into a new environment and MORE!  She is always working with me to help my situation and I could never be more grateful.

The receptionists are great!  Always friendly giving a good vibe to all as you enter the practice.    The nurses are awesome and knowledgeable also that I always felt comfortable asking them things that I wasn’t sure about.  The practice also has a dietitian/diabetes educator, massage therapist and an exercise physiologist  who work once a week opening up the practices services more. 

The practice itself is well equipped with all modern equipment.  Clean and tidy daily. 

The practice is in a great location with a real good catchment area.   Very family oriented.  You see all types of patients here so a real good place to train. 

When catching up with my other colleagues in Wagga in training,  and sharing our experiences, I knew I had landed a jackpot with Kooringal Medical Centre.

I can’t recommend this practice enough!”


 

Dr Ting Hin Ian TSE

GPT1, GPT2 & Extended Skills
2016/Current   

“Kooringal Medical Centre is a modern practice facility with adequate equipment on site.  There are 7 spacious consulting rooms and 2 treatment rooms.  It is kept clean and tidy at all times, and there is allocated staff parking for all doctors.  I saw 2-3 patients per hour as a GPT1, which is perfect as it allows time in between to read up and prepare before the next patient comes in.  I am now an Extended Skills Registrar and see many more patients than when I first started, however I have never been under any pressure to increase my workload.  

There are 3 supervisors who provide on-site supervision most of the time (>90%) and are always available over the phone if required.  All supervisors are friendly and very approachable.  The Supervisors have special interests in the following fields:

– Dr Mark Smith – management of chronic diseases and dermatology;

– Dr Jane Goddard – women’s health;

– Dr Marietjie van der Merwe – travel medicine and infectious disease.

They provide at least 1 hour of structured teaching per week, with scheduled topics.  Also, my Supervisor will spend about 1 hour p.w. on average troubleshooting difficult patients with me which allows me to raise any questions/concerns. Opportunistic learning is frequent when my Supervisor has interesting cases/physical findings. Constructive feedback is often given on my performance.

The nurses and receptionists are very knowledgeable and are always willing to help and answer any questions I have. Cheryl, the practice manager, has been very supportive and helpful not just at work, but also outside work as she offered to help me look for accommodation when I first moved to Wagga Wagga.

Overall, I am grateful to be working at Kooringal Medical Centre and would highly recommend it to each and every one of you.”

Dr Lily BARTLETT

GPT1, GPT2, GPT3   –    2016/2017  

“I worked at Kooringal Medical Centre throughout my first 3 terms of GP training.  I honestly could not recommend a better or more suitable practice for GP registrars. 

All the GP Supervisors are great teachers – supportive, approachable and I could always ask for advice from anyone of them anytime if the other is not available for any reason.  I really appreciate that they all make efforts in the weekly teaching sessions and go beyond what is required of them. I felt very supported and valued throughout my training in KMC.  All the staff are excellent to work with – very professional, friendly and helpful.  

The Practice Manager, Cheryl is absolutely wonderful.  She is professional, very efficient and always tries her best to accommodate the Registrars’ needs.   

I have never been put under any pressure at this practice and I have always been allowed to work at my own pace.  They all have showed me what a great working environment is and how important workplace wellbeing is for our general wellbeing.  This is a working environment that I cherish and would love to work within in the future.  

My experience here has seen me grow professionally and has given me much confidence. I can honestly recommend this practice to all GP Registrars.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Hsiao-En Cindy CHEN  

GPT2, GPT3  (3 terms in total)  –    2015/2016

“This is my third term (September 2016) at Kooringal Medical Centre, where I commenced as a part-time GPT2.  I have previously had exposure to different GP practices via PGPPP terms, and also as a GPT1, and I can confidently state that this practice has been a standout for me.

The teaching is great here.  We are given scheduled teaching times and all the supervisors and doctors are keen to provide corridor teaching.  Nothing is ever too much trouble. 

The reception and nursing staff are very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.

The practice manager, Cheryl, is extremely supportive, approachable and professional, and I have been made to feel like a valued family member at this practice.

Throughout my time here I have been allowed to see a wide range of patients including antenatal, paediatric, geriatric and those who require chronic care management.  Also, I can manage my patient appointment schedule in that I can elect how long I want consultations to take etc.  This practice has never put me under any pressure, including with regard to the number of patients I see.

My confidence, patient management, procedure skills and overall knowledge have greatly increased since commencing here.

Thank you Kooringal Medical Centre for giving me such a strong foundation in general practice.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Bill XIE

2014 & 2015

“I worked and trained as a Registrar over a 2 year period at Kooringal Medical Centre, and left the practice in December 2015, after obtaining my Fellowship and finding employment in Melbourne where my family are located.  

I had a great time working there, they were such a friendly and supportive team and also good at teaching and training.

I am so missing that place and the staff over there, especially compared with the practice in Melbourne.

I suggest all potential Registrars should try Kooringal Medical Centre before considering anywhere else.”

 Dr Jaison MANGAHIS

2015

“I only worked at Kooringal Medical Centre as a part-time registrar for 6 months, but I had a great time!  

The consulting rooms are very spacious and have readily available equipment.

The reception staff and practice RN’s are very nice and helpful.  Patients felt very comfortable in the clean and tidy waiting room.  

I felt very well supported by the GPs and they were very approachable.  

I would highly recommend this practice for any GP registrars looking for a well supported training facility in Wagga Wagga.”

Dr Phyu Sin HTET

2014 & 2015

Having spent two terms at Kooringal Medical Centre as a GPT1 and 2, I cannot recommend this practice highly enough.

The medical and patient facilities are excellent.  The staff and doctors could not have been more helpful or professional.  I received excellent supervision throughout my 12 months including weekly scheduled tutorials, and both the supervisors and doctors were always accessible to me.

Since obtaining my Fellowship I have resided and worked in Sydney, however I now travel from Sydney once a month to perform a Saturday Clinic at this practice.  Again, I have had fantastic support from all at Kooringal Medical Centre in this endeavour.

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Kooringal Medical Centre, 295 Lake Albert Road, Wagga Wagga

Reception – Kooringal Medical Centre, Wagga Wagga

Modern Consulting Room, Kooringal Medical Centre, Wagga Wagga

Consulting Room, Kooringal Medical Centre, Wagga Wagga

 

Spacious Consulting Room, Kooringal Medical Centre, Wagga Wagga

Exterior of Kooringal Medical Centre, 295 Lake Albert Road, Wagga Wagga

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Message to potential GP Registrars from the Practice Manager

 

Dear Registrar

Thank you for taking the time to read up about this practice.  Below are a few things I would like to impart to you.  Please do not hesitate to phone me on 02 6922 6855  /  0427 519 977   /  pm@kmcwagga.com.au if you wish to discuss anything.  I would be more than happy to hear from you.

When it comes time for interviews, I am happy to facilitate this via Skype/Messenger if you live outside of Wagga Wagga.

Before you commence:  In my role as Practice Manager, I am heavily focused on ensuring that you the registrar have an optimal training environment. From start to finish you will have my full support.  When joining a medical practice there is a mountain of paperwork that needs to be completed.  I will complete and send off all your paperwork before you commence here, and just have you fill-in any items that I cannot.  Your name will be included on all our letterheads, signage and website etc.

Accommodation:    If you want me to assist you with finding suitable accommodation I can help you.  You may wish to travel to Wagga Wagga to look around the area.  I would be happy to drive you around and show you suitable areas etc.  I even have a tried and proven Air B&B who are happy to give long term accommodation to our registrars.  This is located within easy walking distance to this practice and the Kooringal Shopping Mall, which is located next door to this practice (supermarket, post office, pharmacy, eateries, newsagent etc).

Day One:   Your orientation on your first day will include dedicated sessions with a GP Supervisor, nursing staff and myself.  Your appointment schedule will be set-up according to your experience and in consultation with yourself.  You will never be put under any pressure to increase your patient load. Should you require a flexible schedule I will do everything I can to facilitate this (e.g. cannot consult between 3-3:45 pm as you need to pick children up from school each day).  We always have more than enough patients to go around and you will not find yourself with a half empty appointment book.  You will be given a roster listing all your weekly in-house tutorials for the entire term.  Also you will be issued with your own set of keys to our premises and your own alarm code. The entire team at this practice will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and a part of our team.

Car Parking:   We have off street parking for you, and all our doctors, at the rear of our building.

Staffing resources available to you:    Of course I will always be available whenever you need me; however we have excellent reception staff who are very experienced in working with registrars and who will give you all the help you need.  We also have three RN’s and two EN’s on staff, all of whom are very experienced and who will prove to be a great resource for you.

In conclusion:   I can tell you with all sincerity, that every effort will be made to make your training experience not only as productive as possible but a memorable one for all the right reasons.   We truly have a very experienced, high quality team of doctors only too willing to assist you in any way to achieve your Fellowship goal.  You will always be considered as one of our team and treated with thoughtfulness and respect. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss anything further (pm@kmcwagga.com.au).

Cheryl – Practice Manager

 


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