TEACHING: Director of Training at North Coast General Practice Education and Training Dr Christine Ahern (right) with medical registrar Dr Helena Smetana.
TEACHING: Director of Training at North Coast General Practice Education and Training Dr Christine Ahern (right) with medical registrar Dr Helena Smetana. Contributed

Doctor rewarded for her mentoring skills

A BYRON Bay doctor has been awarded the 2011 Medical Educator of the Year award by General Practice Education and Training (GPET).

Dr Christine Ahern was presented with the award at the annual ceremony in Canberra last week.

She is one of hundreds of GP medical educators across Australia who train and mentor junior doctors and registrars throughout their general practice training.

As director of training at North Coast GPET, Dr Ahern ensures that registrars have the best possible learning outcomes; that the level of their education is of the very highest standard; and that they have every opportunity for professional development.

Her role not only involves hours of face-to-face clinical instruction, but also a huge commitment to supporting the 120 junior doctors in her care across the North Coast region.

"Dr Ahern is dedicated to women's health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training and has seen these important topics weaved into general education streams," chairman of GPET Professor Simon Willcock said.

"She makes sure that overseas-trained doctors feel welcome and supported in their training.

"She cares about all the medical educators in her team, inspiring and challenging them to deliver the best possible education to registrars."

Dr Ahern said that the most enjoyable part of her work was meeting with new registrars and helping them to grow professionally.

"It is also extremely rewarding to work closely with the GP supervisors who provide most of the teaching and support," she said.

"Learning to be a GP and indeed being a GP can be very demanding at times, so providing our registrars with good role models and mentors is incredibly important.

"I am incredibly lucky to work with a talented team of a dozen medical educators spread from Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads.

"They are an extremely dedicated group who together deliver a training program that gives our registrars the very best in clinical, practical and personal GP skills.

"While I'm thrilled to be named Medical Educator of the Year, the award was a team effort."

Professor Simon Willcock

She cares about all the medical educators in her team, inspiring and challenging them to deliver the best possible education to registrars.


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