Dr Olga Ward
“ I'm not a magician, I'm just an old country doctor."
-Dr Leonard H. McCoy "The Deadly Years" Star Trek Episode 41. Dec 8 1967
Rural doctors have to maintain skills across a number of areas; including emergency, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthetics, and [very importantly] teaching. My hope with the various courses at CTEC to which I have had input [and particularly the courses I have initiated] is that country doctors will find them to contain useful and relevant skills, city doctors will acquire and maintain more of a breadth of skills and knowledge and that all of us, especially the presenters, will learn something new at each course from our colleagues.
I have been a procedural rural GP since 1994 and was one of the first GPs in Australia to obtain a FARGP in surgery as well as in adult internal medicine.