18 new Interns, all of whom are Rural Preferential Doctors, commenced work at The Tweed Hospital. The new Doctors have completed their university studies and are ready to embark on a challenging career in medicine.
Over the past week the Interns have been kept busy with a full orientation program to the Hospital before commencing work in different areas of the hospital.
“The first two years of postgraduate training of Doctors is vital for developing a highly skilled workforce and we are hopeful that some of the Doctors, who come to the North Coast will return to work here in the future,” said Bernadette Loughnane, Executive Director for the Tweed Byron Health Service Group.
The Doctors, four of whom grew up in Northern New South Wales and South East Queensland have chosen to come to Tweed and will work in different areas of the hospital. In addition to the local Doctors, there are two international students (Singapore and Canada), who recently completed medical school in Australia have also commenced.
During the next two years the Doctors will have a wide variety of training opportunities, which include rotations to Critical Care, Medical specialties, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and General Practice.
“It is hoped that these Doctors will enjoy their experience working in a rural setting and decide to stay, or take with them a lasting impression of the area and consider returning to work here in the future,” Dr Michael Hills, Director of Medical Services for the Tweed Byron Health Service said.
Dr Hugo Poncia, Director of Prevocational Education and Training said, “The Rural Preferential Program provides Doctors with a real opportunity to experience all the North Coast has to offer. It is a beautiful area to live in and has a growing population, so there are a lot of work prospects for these Doctors.”