Develop a broader range of skills than many colleagues in urban teaching hospitals, due to limited physical resources, reduced availability of specialist staff, and longer lead times for retrieval to more specialised centres. Unlike doctors in urban hospital emergency departments, the rural emergency department doctor is usually required to provide autonomous initial management of most patients.

“Emergency medicine opened my eyes to the urgent and serious medical issues that rural GPs should be prepared to deal with on the front line. I knew that emergency skills were going to benefit the community and allow me to be better prepared when working in rural and remote areas.”

– Dr Kyle Fairclough, GP Registrar currently based at Kangaroo Island Medical Clinic, on the pathway to a Fellowship with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

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