A NEW cohort of 16 medical interns started training at Orange Health Service yesterday, further cementing Orange’s reputation as a centre for excellence in medical training.
The 15 interns and one resident will spend the next two years at the hospital training in surgical, medical and emergency procedures as well as being rostered to other areas of the hospital.
Among the new group are two familiar Orange names, Damian Huxtable and James Basha.
Dr Huxtable is the son of former Orange heart specialist Dr Bernie Huxtable and Dr Basha is a former captain of Kinross Wolaroi School.
Premier Barry O’Farrell welcomed the young doctors via audio link from Westmead Hospital, citing Orange as an important link in the training of interns.
“You are joining the health service at a fantastic time to ensure the people of Orange get the health facilities they deserve,” he said.
Member for Orange Andrew Gee said it was pleasing to see so many rural interns among the group, in particular, Dr Basha and Dr Huxtable.
“It is great to see our prodigal sons returning to Orange because the cold hard reality is if there aren’t appropriate health services, people will move away,” he said.
“We have more than 100 specialists here in Orange and now we have a medical facility as a level five trauma centre, so you will get great training and mentoring here.”
Dr Huxtable, who completed his education at Orange High School, said he chose to pursue medicine after completing a degree and a masters in academic writing.
For Dr Basha, his 96.95 mark in the Higher School Certificate was his entry to the world of medicine.