A necessary role to keep profession alive

OFFICIALLY she’s the one doing the training, but for Queensland rural GP and supervisor Dr Pam Turnock there’s some serious benefit to having tomorrow’s doctors in the house.

“They give youthful enthusiasm, they give genuine interest,” she said. “Most importantly in busy general practices … they can give patients time, and it’s a commodity that’s not all that plentiful in the clinical lives of most GPs.

“It’s a mutually beneficial model, and our patients have for many years been supportive of having doctors in training within the practice.”

Her attitude to supervision has earned her a nomination in the Medical Observer/GPET Supervisor of the Year Award. However, Dr Turnock doesn’t see her supervision work as anything out of the ordinary; rather, it’s simply doing what’s needed to keep the profession alive.

“[Supervising] is a necessity, in