Becoming a GP takes many years of hard work and dedication, and Parkes doctor Kerrie Stewart is well on her way to achieving that goal.
Last Tuesday night she was announced as the GP Synergy Western NSW Registrar of the Year.
Doctor Stewart received the highest score amongst Western NSW candidates sitting the Royal Australian College of General Practice exams last term.
The award, presented by local GP training provider GP Synergy, recognises excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
After deciding to specialise as a rural GP, Doctor Stewart is now in her third term of GP training based in Parkes.
No stranger to life in Western NSW, she was raised on properties in Cobar and Coonabarabran, and completed her internship and residency at Dubbo Base Hospital.
“My family is settled in Parkes and I intend to continue working here once I am fellowed as a GP,” Doctor Stewart said.
“It’s a wonderful community to live and work in.
“I really enjoy being a rural GP. It is always interesting and allows a great balance for me with my young family,” she said.
“I’m thoroughly enjoying working and training at Ochre Health Medical Centre with the wonderful team of medical, nursing and office staff and the broad mix of patients I see and partner with in their health care.”
GP Synergy CEO, John Oldfield, congratulated Dr Stewart on her achievement.
“There are more than 100 hundred registrars currently training in accredited general practices across Western NSW,” he said.
“They are trained by dedicated regional medical educators and supervisors who delivered education and training tailored to meet the needs of local communities.
“We warmly congratulate Doctor Stewart on her significant exam achievement, and applaud her willingness to support other registrars training in Western NSW reach their fellowship exam goals.”