Dr Sarah is registrar of the year
MURWILLUMBAH registrar Sarah McEwan was recently awarded registrar of the year for her efforts in community and rural general practice and obstetrics.
Dr McEwan was nominated by her regional training provider, North Coast GP Training, which she has been involved with since she left university.
The 27-year-old was awarded The National Rural Faculty General Practice Registrar of the Year Award 2009 and said she was very happy with her achievements that led her to the receiving the award.
The Queen Street Medical Centre GP grew up in Mudgee, New South Wales, and completed a five-year medical degree in Newcastle.
“General practice was always something I wanted to do and I became interested in obstetrics along the way,” Dr McEwan said.
She said growing up in a rural area allowed her to see the need for more women doctors in rural and remote areas.
“I'm a country girl and would like to work in rural and remote places,” she said.
“Working in a remote area is a lot more challenging because patients are on a different level; it is another dimension really.”
Dr McEwan said she had completed as many training courses as she could to help her obtain the best skills.
“I didn't want to miss out on anything,” she said.
Dr McEwan has worked in the emergency and obstetric departments at The Tweed Hospital and the John Flynn Private Hospital.
Since working at the Queen Street Medical Centre in Murwillumbah, Dr McEwan spent two months in Western Australia at an Aboriginal medical centre in Port Hedland.
She is currently working with North Coast GP Training in a new role as indigenous project officer.
In November she will begin a six-month placement at Tweed Heads hospital to complete an advanced diploma in obstetrics.
The national registrar of the year award is awarded each year to a registrar enrolled in the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice Graduate Diploma in Rural General Practice.