FIFTEEN new medical interns will be given a taste of what it’s like to be part of a health team at a large regional hospital when they start their 12-month rotation at Orange hospital today.
They are part of a record number of 925 interns from across NSW who will begin their rotation throughout regional, rural and metropolitan hospitals and GP practices.
This year’s intern intake is up by 80 from last year’s intake.
The interns will undertake compulsory training in the areas of medicine, surgery and emergency.
Member for Orange Andrew Gee said today marks the beginning of a rewarding and lifesaving career path for these doctors.
“It’s wonderful to see them starting their careers at our hospital and learning alongside some of our best clinicians and nurses,” Mr Gee said.
“Some interns will be leaving their homes to live and work at Orange, I know the community joins me in welcoming them to town.”
State Minister for Health and Medical Research Jillian Skinner said every doctor remembers their first day on the job and “it’s wonderful to see so many of our young doctors choosing to work in rural and regional hospitals”.
“Rural and regional hospitals offer a unique experience to interns and I commend all those choosing to move to our country towns to deliver the best health care for local patients,” she said.
“This will be a life-changing experience for some young doctors who may choose to stay on in rural and regional areas.
“There is a real buzz in a hospital when the new influx of interns arrive and I wish them all the best for this first big step in their medical careers.”