Summit Medical Group (SMG) was established in 2013, and is located in the inner metropolitan suburb of Brunswick, approximately 7km from Melbourne CBD. Purpose built in 2013, the clinic is modern, pleasing to the eye and most importantly extremely functional. It has eight fully equipped consulting rooms, a two-room dental suite, a state of the art two-cubicle treatment room and on-site Pathology collection. Each registrar has a room dedicated solely for their use.
The clinic has a vibrant mix of patient demographics, with the majority of our patient base comprising of young families, young professionals and students, although we also have a loyal following of older patients. The clinic prides itself on treating multiple generations within the same family.
Mission Statement: The Summit Medical Group motto is: “dedicated to the highest standard of holistic patient care”
We are committed to promoting health, well being and disease prevention to all patients. We do not discriminate in the provision of excellent care and aim to treat all patients with dignity and respect.
The clinic is fully computerised and strives to be paperless where possible. We use Best Practice as our clinical and practice management software.
Allied health personnel at the clinic include dentists, physiotherapists, psychologists and dieticians.
The team is well supported by practice nurses and administrative support staff. The clinic prides itself on its team culture with frequent staff social gatherings and all staff members working together to not only ensure the highest quality of care for the clinic’s patients but also achieve personal career goals in their respective professions.
The Summit Medical Group team were previously at Coburg Central Medical Clinic from 2008 to 2012, during which time we were proud to be responsible for the healthcare needs of nearly 11,000 patients. In that time the clinic underwent immense growth, which necessitated the need for new purpose built premises. The team have been involved in the General Practice Training Program since 2011.
Dr Prem Saranathan, the practice principal and owner of Summit Medical Group, has a long and proud commitment to teaching the next generation of young doctors. He has had a long standing relationship with first the VMA and now the MCCC, having been nominated as GP Supervisor of the year for 2014.
At Summit Medical Group, it is our belief that it is the clinic’s commitment as a whole to teaching that is the single most important factor in determining a clinic’s success in teaching the next generation of doctors. This is a philosophy that is entrenched in each and every member of the clinic from doctors, nurses, allied health personnel, administration and support staff, and equally importantly, the patients of the clinic, and is led by Dr Prem as Practice Principal and Primary GP Supervisor.
Doctors on their GP placements are welcomed into the clinic and provided with every opportunity to engage with the staff both in formal meetings and social events. Whilst attendance at these events is not mandatory, it is our observation that it is those doctors who choose to participate in these events that gain the most from their training experience at the clinic.
The clinic has an excellent training program and received glowing feedback from all who have passed through it. The dedicated tutorial times and clinical meetings provide an excellent opportunity for the registrars to not only to learn from the GP supervisors but also from each other as cases are discussed.
As a clinic that has a patient base that is growing at a very rapid rate, Summit Medical Group is also always looking for dedicated registrars who wish to join the practice upon completing their training and attaining their fellowship. The supportive environment and existing patient base is well-suited to newly fellowed registrars, providing them with an excellent basis on which to establish and grow their GP careers.