Net­work sup­port for medi­cos

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YOUNG doc­tors are work­ing to­gether to get jobs, gain new skills and sup­port each other through their gru­elling train­ing to in­crease their chances of ca­reer suc­cess.

Hav­ing the sup­port of their peers is help­ing them to stick with their train­ing and, in some cases, be­come Rhodes Schol­ars.

Young pro­fes­sional groups ex­ist in most em­ploy­ment sec­tors and of­ten are run by in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions.

Doc­tors in Train­ing (DiT) is a division of the Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of SA, rep­re­sent­ing ju­nior doc­tors from first-year univer­sity students to se­nior reg­is­trars.

‘‘ DiT pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for doc­tors in train­ing to be­come part of a group of like­minded pro­fes­sion­als,’’ chair- man Dr An­drew Shep­herd says. ‘‘ One of our key aims is to pro­vide ad­vo­cacy and rep­re­sen­ta­tion on work­force is­sues to en­sure that doc­tors in train­ing can find a job when they fin­ish their stud­ies.’’

Shep­herd says work­ing long hours and the stress of the job can be hard for young doc­tors to deal with and talk about but a net­work of peo­ple of the same age and shar­ing the same ex­pe­ri­ences can help. Other ser­vices pro­vided by DiT in­clude ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars on pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, writ­ing a re­sume and pre­par­ing for job in­ter­views.

Ju­nior doc­tors in­ter­ested in be­com­ing part of DiT can contact Dr An­drew Shep­herd at ad­min@amasa.org.au or 8361 0101.

HELP: Doc­tors in Train­ing chair­man Dr An­drew Shep­herd with a pa­tient at the RAH.

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