GPSN First Steps was a fantastic event
Our first NSW/ACT state-based GPSN event
On Saturday 30 March, over 80 students from over four universities in NSW and ACT gathered to the great halls of the University of Sydney, eager to hear about general practice.
This was an event hosted between GPSN Macquarie University, University of NSW GPSN, GPSN University of Sydney and Australia National University GPSN.
Dr Heather Mckenzie kicked off the afternoon with a talk about her experiences as a GP and how she realised general practice was the specialty for her.
She told about the kaleidoscope of medical conditions she sees on a daily basis from patients of varying ages across all cultural and social backgrounds.
Not only were these cases fascinating and reinforced the positive impact GPs have on our community, but they also gave us invaluable insight into the GP experience and the rewarding nature of this specialty.
GPRA President Dr Sama Balasubramanian outlined the various pathways to becoming a GP after medical school, filled with inspiring anecdotes of his journey to becoming a GP and offering us insightful tips for the entire process.
We then transitioned to the clinical skills sessions.
The students split into three groups and rotated to learn ophthalmoscopy, otoscopy, and eliciting reflexes.
We were incredibly lucky to have interns, registrars, and older medical students facilitate these sessions and teach the correct technique for each clinical skill.
Overall, the event was an amazing success, with students returning home inspired with knowledge, equipped with important clinical skills, a belly full of pizza, new friends from all across NSW, and a very full goody bag.
Thank you to everyone who attended. A special thank you to the sponsors and supporters of the event, GPRA, GPSynergy, ACRRM, RACGP and Welch Allyn.