Network support for medicos
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 8361 0101.
HELP: Doctors in Training chairman Dr Andrew Shepherd with a patient at the RAH.