In May this year, four GP offices in Tromso North Norway, benefitted from the RR MIW network when Scottish Rural GP fellow Hazel Michie arrived from the Isle of Skye, for a two-week stay.
In Scotland each year up to a dozen newly qualified GPs are employed by NHS Scotland as Rural GP Fellows. They are engaged in a 12-month rural specific post aimed at providing rural experience and encouraging doctors to pursue a career in remote and rural practice at the end of the fellowship.
The Rural Fellows benefit from working in remote and rural practice as part of a rural team, and being given 3 months protected study leave to engage in a learning program based on individual fellows needs. Educational time is spent attending courses, studying, pursuing clinical attachments in both hospital and primary care, and undertaking out of area experience.
Dr Hazel Michie has kindly shared more information together with some photographs collected from her time spent with GP colleagues in the Norwegian municipalities. https://www.nsdm.no/egen-spesialisering-i-distriktsmedisin/
The picture above is of rural GP fellow Hazel Michie to the left, and GP Anita Pedersen and foundation doctor Anna Bergström in Kåfjord municipality.