A Raymond Terrace doctor has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of general practitioners (GPs).
Dr Christopher Boyle from Raymond Terrace Family Practice was last week named GP Synergy's Supervisor of the Year for the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast training sub-region.
Dr Boyle, who has been a GP since 1984 and supervisor for nearly 30 years, has trained many doctors on their path to becoming a specialist GP.
"I believe that well-trained, well-resourced general practice is the best form of medicine for a community," he said.
"I did my time as a GP registrar at Narromine where I had two supervisors, Dr Keith MacLachlan and Dr Bob Kirkby. I learnt a lot from them that I still use today.
"I was lucky that when I came to the Raymond Terrace practice that I had two mentors, Dr Bruce Keating and Dr Ian Walker, from whom I learnt a lot about being a GP, in turn I wanted to pass on my experience.
"My role is to try to be a good role model, teach what I can and assist doctors to find their way in the GP world.
"I learn as much from the registrars as they learn from me, they keep me up to date and aware of the latest changes in medicine, help me use technology and the computer better.
"The best thing about supervising GP registrars is watching them develop their skills, their styles and develop into terrific family physicians."
John Oldfield, CEO of the general practice education and training provider GP Synergy, said the awards recognise excellence and ongoing commitment to quality general practice education and training.
"The importance of the role of the supervisor in developing our next generation of highly skilled GPs cannot be understated," he said.