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Using brown snakes to organise patient-free days

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7380.92 (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:92
  1. Dr John Fraser, general practitioner
  1. 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 …

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