Using brown snakes to organise patient-free daysBMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7380.92 (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:92
- Dr John Fraser, general practitioner
- New England Area Health Service, Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia
External clinical teaching visits are an important component of general practitioner training in Australia. During these sessions, a senior general practitioner observes a registrar's consultations and reviews the surgery's equipment, policies, and procedures. Structured feedback is given to assist registrar learning. Visiting remote regions to perform external clinical teaching has its challenges. I recount here a story of when I visited a solo general practitioner registrar who worked in a small rural village in the rugged forested hinterland of the coast of New South Wales.
I was impressed by the surgery's peaceful character. It was an old converted …