Institute of Technology, Tralee has today unveiled the first ever South West General Practice Training Scheme - which will facilitate qualified doctors to train to become General Practitioners (GPs) in Kerry rather than travel long distances or relocate.
The new training scheme is the culmination of many years of effort by the Kerry Faculty of the Irish College of General Practitioners and aims to boost the number of GPs in the region. Successful applicants to the programme will complete two years of hospital rotations in Kerry General, Bantry and Mallow Hospitals and weekly day releases involving peer group learning in IT, Tralee, followed by two years of further training in general practice in regional communities.
Dr Bertie Daly, South West General Practice Training Scheme, says: "Doctors who complete their post graduate training in General Practice in a region tend to stay in that region in the long term which is why this is a huge boost to the entire South West region by providing a long-term resource of GPs."
Michael Carmody, IT, Tralee President, welcomed the initiative, stating: "IT, Tralee is delighted to be able to help facilitate such an important scheme which will significantly benefit the people of the South West.
This new scheme perfectly compliments the current programme offering in Healthcare Education at the Institute and the trainee GPs can be confident that they can avail of state of the art facilities including labs, lecture theatres in the new Sólás Building and use of the new library from the end of the year."
For More Information:
Brita Lyons, IT, Tralee: PH: 066 719 170
Institute of Technology, Tralee
DDI +353 66 719 1705
Pictured at the launch of the South West General Practice Training Scheme at the Institute of Technology, Tralee are Dr. Richard Shanahan (L), Teacher Trainer, and Dr. Damion Thomas (R), GP Trainee . The scheme is the first of its kind in the region and will facilitate qualified doctors to train to become GPs in the South West , rather than travel long distances or relocate.