The old dog can teach the young a few new tricks

Dr Chris Hannon, who began practising in the town of Warwick in 1986 after graduating in Melbourne, had never completed a fellowship of either ACRRM or the RACGP, having been ‘grandfathered’ onto the vocational register like many other GPs in the early 1990s.

But, in what he told MO was likely to be his final decade of professional practice, Dr Hannon decided he should attempt to attain the same credentials that the many registrars he had helped train in his practice had achieved.

“I felt like a little bit of a fraud, so I thought maybe I should get the piece of paper myself,” Dr Hannon told MO.

“But also my generation keeps hearing about how  we are slipping behind and I wanted to make sure I was up to date with what was going on out there...  so I thought it was a good time to revise it all and the exam was good for that.”

Dr Hannon said he was initially embarrassed after being told his top