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Across New Zealand, 214 Doctors are set to start their Specialist GP (General Practitioners) Training.
There are 28 ethnicities involved within the large group, meaning they are very diverse, including Māori, Pacific Islanders, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Pākehā.
Working from Northland to Southland many are enrolled in the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) which consists of academic and clinical work during three years running programme allowing them to be taught everything they need to know to be GPs supporting locals with health in the real world.
College CEO Lynne Hayman says the GPs have a special relationship that is with their patients.
“Having a doctor who understands your community, culture, and way of life can make a huge impact on a person’s health outcomes,” said Lynne Hayman.
“As well as teaching medical practice, we train doctors on how to use communications skills and empathy to build rapport with patients. These skills are important for building trust and, ultimately, enabling effective care.”
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