THE (NEW) DOC­TORS ARE IN

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THREE of Queens­land’s best and bright­est ju­nior doc­tors will take an ex­cit­ing leap in their bud­ding med­i­cal ca­reers with in­tern­ships at Gympie Hos­pi­tal start­ing this month.

The lat­est batch of Gympie in­terns will join 62 oth­ers from the Sun­shine Coast re­gion and 781 in to­tal across the state, with two start­ing in the hos­pi­tal’s Emer­gency De­part­ment and one in Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy.

Among them is 30-year-old Tyson Par­don, the first in­tern to start work at Gympie Hos­pi­tal this year after pre­vi­ously spend­ing part of his train­ing there as a mem­ber of the Queens­land Ru­ral Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion “Lon­glook” pro­gram.

Dr Par­don, who com­pleted un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast and post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at Grif­fith Univer­sity, said it was “nice to get the ball rolling” on the new op­por­tu­nity.

He said he was ex­cited to get to know his pa­tients.

“It’s a pretty priv­i­leged po­si­tion,” he said.

“I’ll be able to do the job prop­erly this time, so do­ing the job from start to fin­ish.

“Gympie Hos­pi­tal’s got a great rep­u­ta­tion, and from my ex­pe­ri­ences there last year, it’s a really good crowd to be amongst and a really pro­fes­sional team to learn from.”

Mr Par­don said he had felt the de­sire to en­ter the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion from a young age.

“I did some vol­un­teer work a few years after school, and at that point I re­alised I wanted to train ... and be able to help peo­ple more than as an un­trained per­son,” he said.

The new in­terns will par­tic­i­pate in a week-long ori­en­ta­tion as part of the pro­gram to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with each hos­pi­tal, its ser­vices and clin­i­cal prac­tice and pro­ce­dures.

They then be­gin ro­ta­tions through a va­ri­ety of units that may in­clude gen­eral medicine, surgery, emer­gency medicine and ad­di­tional elec­tive terms in other spe­cialised ar­eas.

Fif­teen in­terns in to­tal will work at Gympie Hos­pi­tal through five ro­ta­tions span­ning across the year.

Queens­land Health Act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of Med­i­cal Ser­vices Dr Mau­ri­tius Du Toit said the in­tern­ship would prove a “very im­por­tant year in the de­vel­op­ment of young doc­tors”. “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.

“These young doc­tors have al­ready spent years com­plet­ing their un­der­grad­u­ate train­ing, and are now en­ter­ing a new ex­cit­ing, but de­mand­ing, pe­riod of their ca­reers.

“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.”

Min­is­ter for Health and Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Steven Miles said there wouldn’t be “one sin­gle day the work of these doc­tors doesn’t im­prove the lives of oth­ers”.

FROM MY EX­PE­RI­ENCES AT GYMPIE HOS­PI­TAL LAST YEAR, IT’S A REALLY GOOD CROWD TO BE AMONGST AND A REALLY PRO­FES­SIONAL TEAM TO LEARN FROM

DR TYSON PAR­DON

Photo: Ash­ley Carter

THE DOC­TORS ARE IN: Caitlin Hodg­man and Tyson Par­don have joined 63 other young doc­tors in start­ing their in­tern­ships in the Sun­shine Coast re­gion. Dr Par­don,30, will work as one of three in­terns at Gympie Hos­pi­tal this term.

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