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Meet region’s new medical interns
SIXTY-five junior doctors will start the next stage of their medical careers across the Sunshine Coast this month. Health Minister Steven Miles welcomed them to the Queensland Health family, with 780 interns starting across the state.
“These doctors are not just reshaping the lives of their patients, they’re reshaping their own,” he said.
“Sometimes the work will be hard; sometimes tiring; sometimes heartbreaking. But there won’t be one single day the work of these doctors doesn’t improve the lives of others.
“Congratulations to the junior doctors, and I look forward to seeing them hard at work in hospitals across the state.”
The new interns will participate in a week-long orientation program to familiarise themselves with each hospital, its services and clinical practice and procedures before beginning rotations through a variety of units that may include general medicine, surgery, emergency medicine and additional elective terms in other specialised areas.
Medical services executive director Dr Mauritius Du Toit said the intern year was a “very important year” when clinical management, communication and professional skills were consolidated, under the close guidance and supervision of senior colleagues.
“By the end of 2019, interns will have completed terms in medicine, emergency medicine and surgery and will have also participated in a specifically designed intensive program
of education and professional development opportunities, in accordance with national standards and requirements set by external accreditation agencies,” Dr Du Toit said.
“The internship program remains popular with the program, once again significantly over-subscribed for 2019.
“As hospital interns they will be important members of staff, helping to meet the ever-increasing demand for health services across the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas.”
After a week of orientation, the interns will start their rotational duties at Nambour, Caloundra, Maleny and Gympie.
Congratulations to the junior doctors, and I look forward to seeing them hard at work in hospitals across the state. — Steven Miles
WELCOME: Sixty-five young doctors have been welcomed to the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, starting internships across the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions.