dr Sofia Dominguez training to become a country doctor at Central Wagga Medical | The Daily Advertiser

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With more than 20 aspiring general practitioners coming to Wagga to begin their residency training, one doctor is planning to stay long-term. dr Sofia Dominguez is currently training at Central Wagga Medical as part of her three year journey to become a country doctor and hopes to work here long term and build lifelong relationships with her patients. Originally from Melbourne, Dr. Dominguez started out in general surgery but kept coming back to general surgery and decided that’s exactly what she wants to do — right here in Wagga. “I really thought I could combine community health — that kind of lifelong relationship with your patient — with a little bit of surgery because you have advanced general medicine skills,” she said. “I really liked the variety that I was able to get from the family doctor’s practice.” Dominguez has been visiting the Riverina for over a decade, first to visit her now husband’s family farm in Tarcutta and eventually returning to the area permanently to study at Notre Dame’s clinical school. “It was just the best experience,” she said of her student days. “It was a small cohort, we got to know all the other doctors and specialists who supported us as medical students in training, and I really couldn’t imagine going anywhere else for my internship and residency.” Dominguez working in various general practices for a few years, opting for advanced training and working in the hospital for a year. The full-time training lasts three years, and after three major exams she becomes a fellow of the college – and a full family doctor. “There have been a lot of mentors and quite inspiring people that I’ve met on my journey and I think it all helped me decide what I wanted to do,” she said of the process so far. dr Dominguez said rural medicine isn’t for everyone — especially not for those who need the fast-paced, ever-changing city lifestyle — but those who embrace it will thrive and have fulfilling careers. “[Rural medicine is] It’s not a backup plan, it’s a lifestyle choice,” she said. “I really think most people when they come here on a rotation and try it as young doctors, they really enjoy being here. “The cost of living has its ups and downs, but it’s cheaper overall to live here, there’s a lot less traffic … it’s just a really nice place with a really approachable community to raise a family.” OTHER NEWS: Currently will trained 74 general practitioners in the Murrumbidgee area. Cameron Wilson, CEO of GP Synergy, said local communities play an important role in helping physicians settle and form personal networks. “GP registrars make a significant contribution to primary health care in rural areas like Wagga Wagga,” he said. “A full-time residency in the Murrumbidgee area results in an average of more than 2,400 consultations over a six-month period.” Our journalists work hard to bring local, breaking news to the community. To continue accessing our trusted content:


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