Ever wondered why GPs love their work? How to become one? What experience they need?
On April 23, 2022, GPSN ran the annual First Steps event – allowing medical students from all over NSW to hear about the GP career pathway and learn valuable clinical skills. Joined by GPRA, GP Synergy, RACGP, ACRRM, and ADF this year, all of the NSW GPSN Clubs had members attending the special occasion.
We were extremely fortunate to have Dr Natasha Feingold (RACGP), Dr Leigh Barlow (ADF), and Dr Nadia Clifton (GP Synergy) attend the event at the University of Sydney: Old Teacher’s College, and share their interesting experiences throughout their journey and how they became a GP with attendees.
Following the talks, students got their first taste of suturing with Dr Will Errington and his team of GP registrars from GP Synergy. The students had a great time working with suturing equipment to suture the wounds on pork and synthetic skin. The next set of clinical skills activities saw students measure blood pressure and use an otoscope and ophthalmoscope – it was fantastic to see students practice, interact and share their thoughts on these essential activities with each other.
After the workshops, amazing prizes were drawn including a free registration for the Student Rural Medicine Australia Conference from ACRRM, two $50 visa cards provided by RACGP, a suturing kit supplied by GP Synergy, and four GP Companion books, one stethoscope, one set of otoscope and ophthalmoscope from GPRA! Upon conclusion of the event, everyone received a whole pizza to take home and enjoy to encapsulate a memorable day.