The More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) supports non-vocationally recognised doctors to gain valuable general practice experience in rural and remote communities before they go on to do a college fellowship.
Dr Nithin Anthony is a GP at Carepoint Medical Clinic in Casuarina, and participated in MDRAP for 6 months before joining a RACGP approved General Practice program. He is an international medical graduate with experience working in India and United Kingdom before moving to Darwin, Australia where he now calls home. He shares his journey as a candidate for MDRAP and his plans now that he has completed the program.
Dr Nithin Anthony participated in the MDRAP program for 6 months, and is currently working towards his RACGP fellowship.
Hi, can you introduce yourself?
I’m Dr Nithin Antony. I am an international medical graduate with experience working in India and United Kingdom
What is your experience of living and working in Darwin?
I have a young family and appreciate the accessibility that Darwin offers. I also enjoy the subtropical climate and the diversity in the community. I worked in RDH as an RMO and as a psychiatry registrar before deciding to go down the GP career pathway. My experience working in the Remote Mental Health team gave me a good insight into Aboriginal healthcare and kindled my passion for General Practice.
What sort of general practice experience did you have before commencing on MDRAP?
My first general practice experience was working in a clinic dedicated to the fisherman community of rural Kerala (India).
What was your experience like participating in MDRAP?
I had a very positive experience with MDRAP as it gave me the opportunity to gain valuable GP experience, prior to joining a RACGP approved General Practice program. I was fortunate enough to avoid relocating and was able to continue in the same clinic where I did my MDRAP program.
How has the MDRAP support package been of benefit to you?
I was allocated funding which I could use for fellowship pathway exams, courses and any learning objectives identified in my learning and development plan. This support package was a huge financial help.
What sort of support was available to you whilst on MDRAP?
The NTPHN program coordinators were very supportive and approachable throughout my time at MDRAP. At the start of the program, I was allocated a clinic supervisor and put on appropriate level of supervision which was reviewed and changed at regular intervals.
How did your practice support you whilst you were on MDRAP?
My practice allowed me to get used to GP system, and supported me as I grew in confidence. My clinic supervisor also gave procedural support. I was also able to meet and interact with other doctors in GP pathway.
How long were you on MDRAP?
I was in the MDRAP program for 6 months.
What would you say to other doctors considering general practice as their speciality?
GP practice is a very rewarding speciality as you will be seeing patients over a long period of time, building trust and making a real difference. General practice also gives plenty of opportunity for working flexibly once you attain your fellowship.
What are your future plans now you have completed MDRAP?
I am now in a RACGP approved training program (PEP RVTS) and am working towards my RACGP fellowship.