When Dr Alline Gomes moved to Wollondilly Medical Centre she never imagined she would be rewarded for her work.
The talented GP has been awarded the GP Synergy NSW Practice Experience Program (PEP) Participant of the Year award.
The award, designed for doctors working in outer metropolitan, regional and rural areas, recognises Dr Gomes' commitment to becoming a specialist GP.
Dr Gomes worked as a GP in her native country of Brazil before moving to Australia.
The award took Dr Gomes by surprise.
"Winning the award brings me joy and I hope recognises that I am doing the best I can for my patients," she said.
"I believe this award is a result of hard work, discipline and passion about what I do."
Now she says she is determined to work towards a fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
"I've been working in Tahmoor for a year now and this is also my first year as general practitioner in Australia," Dr Gomes said.
"Prior to Tahmoor I worked in hospitals for Hunter New England Health for two years.
"As I'm still on a working visa I researched my options, and I found PEP would allow me to begin my journey towards fellowship, with both flexibility and support.
"So far I have only been impressed by the program."
GP Synergy chief executive Georgina van de Water said the organisation's team of medical educators, who are all experienced GPs, provide education and support to the doctors undertaking PEP.
"The Practice Experience Program can take participants between 12 and 30 months to complete, followed by a series of exams," Mrs van de Water said.
"GP Synergy is delighted to recognise Dr Gomes as the 2020 NSW Practice Experience Program Participant of the Year, for commitment and excellence.
"With more than 120 participants in the program, Dr Gomes's achievement is certainly something to be proud of."