Dr Michael de Vries of Winmalee Medical Centre recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs.

Dr Michael de Vries of Winmalee Medical Centre has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs.

He has been named GP Synergy Supervisor of the Year for the Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney training region.

A long-term GP supervisor, Dr de Vries and some of his peers decided in the 1990s they needed to be part of training and teaching junior doctors to help foster the next generation.

"I am still enthusiastic about the teaching aspect of general practice, which after 38 years in Winmalee I still find very rewarding," Dr de Vries said.

Commitment to excellence: Dr Michael de Vries of Winmalee Medical Centre has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs.

Commitment to excellence: Dr Michael de Vries of Winmalee Medical Centre has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs.

"I enjoy GP registrars' enthusiasm and knowledge and enjoy utilising it to help them become great primary care physicians, and I learn from them as well.

"Four of our current GPs are doctors that we had some input into their training and now they continue to contribute to training GPs.

He said the award "should really go to the entire practice as the teaching and enjoyable surroundings is also due to the other doctors and nurses"

And he praised the work of Dr Geoff Chew, who leads twice weekly whole of practice meetings where they take turns to present topics and cases - contributing to the ongoing learning environment of the practice.

Georgina van de Water, CEO of local general practice education and training provider GP Synergy, said GP supervisors and general practice staff are an essential part of training the next generation of GPs.

"GP supervisors play a crucial role in ensuring these GP registrars develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand and meet local population health care needs, Mrs van de Water said.

"Across the Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney region, there are more than 360 accredited GP supervisors, training over 410 GP registrars.

"Although there can only be one winner, the annual Supervisor of the Year award provides an opportunity to reflect and call attention to the significant contribution and dedication of all of our GP supervisors.

She said GP Synergy was delighted to present this year's award to Dr de Vries in recognition of his commitment to excellence in general practice education and training.

Honored: A plaque, flowers and recognition for hours of service to junior doctors. Dr Michael de Vries of Winmalee Medical Centre has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs.

Honored: A plaque, flowers and recognition for hours of service to junior doctors. Dr Michael de Vries of Winmalee Medical Centre has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to training the next generation of GPs.