THE Brook Medical Centre's (BMC) professional stocks received a boost this month with the addition of four new doctors.
The latest registrars - Tasha Sandhu, Mehedi Biplab, Omar Akram and Sione Akauolo - have come at a good time too, as numbers dwindle in regional areas throughout the state.
Luckily, that's not the case at BMC.
The quartet's arrival, in February, now lifts the surgery's GP total to 18.
"We'd like to welcome them to the family," practice manager Kristen Seymour said.
"Dr Sandhu, Dr Biplab, Dr Akram and Dr Akauolo offer a lot to our medical centre.
"From women's health to general care, they're enthusiastic, highly-skilled and motivated to learn.
"And, with the shortage of doctors in town, it's great to have some extra manpower at the practice.
"We're hoping they'll like Muswellbrook so much, they'll stay on."
Ms Seymour admitted the centre's "training program" worked well for both parties.
"We bring new doctors to town regularly, with an eye on long-term availability," she said.
"While it benefits the practice, and our patients, it also allows the young medics to gain GP and hands-on experience in a rural setting.
"They escape the hustle and bustle of areas, like Sydney, too."