THERE will be eight new faces at Orange Base Hospital after a group of new interns was assigned to the hospital this week.
The interns are about to start their first year as registered medical practitioners in NSW, after competing their basic medical training through either undergraduate or postgraduate university study.
All out picked Orange as their preference out of the 18 NSW hospitals that accept interns.
Lachlan Fieldhouse, originally from Sydney and Newcastle, said he was happy to continue training in Orange.
"Why Orange? I guess I'd heard it was a nice city and I also thought it would be good for the family," he said.
Yesterday was Lauren Auteri's first visit to Orange, but she said she had heard positive things about the hospital.
"I also thought that Orange had more to offer that Wagga or Tamworth, I think there's a bit more culture here," she said.
This week the interns will undergo orientation, before completing two 10-week terms in general medical, two in surgical and one in emergency.
Director of clinical training Louis Christie said a significant number of interns returned to Orange Base Hospital in the years after their training.
"The aim is to give them greater responsibility. Interns work with a high level of supervision, but as the year goes on that level of supervision lessons," he said.
"At the end we will have medical officers capable of individually practising in the hospital system, or heading into specialisations or GP training."