Forty new doctors have started a week of orientation training at Toowoomba Hospital before they officially begin their ward rounds next week.
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) Acting Chief Executive Dr Martin Byrne welcomed the 2018 interns as they began the next phase of their careers.
"We are delighted to welcome our 2018 intern cohort to the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service," acting Health Service Chief Executive Dr Martin Byrne said.
"Forty interns will start with orientation at Toowoomba Hospital this week, and of those 36 will continue their intern year here, with Stanthorpe and Warwick hospitals welcoming two interns each at the end of orientation.
"It is also very pleasing to see that 10 of our interns have chosen to be part of the Rural Generalist Pathway, which will prepare them specifically for a career as a GP in regional and remote locations."
Intern Dr Arianne Kollosche is one of those interns who has chosen the Rural Generalist Pathway.
"It’s a huge step up, going from medical student to doctor, but I’m very excited to be here in Toowoomba," Dr Kollosche said.
"Toowoomba Hospital was my first choice for my intern year and being on the Rural Generalist Pathway, the opportunity to go to rural hospitals also appealed to me.
"I like the idea of getting experiencing in all aspects of medicine, rather than focusing on a single specialty at this point, and Toowoomba is a great place to do that."
Fellow intern Dr William Hopson said the choice to do his intern year at Toowoomba Hospital was an easy one, having already spent time here as a student.
"I’m from Toowoomba, grew up in Toowoomba, while I was studying medicine at the University of Queensland they offered a prac. placement here for my final two years," he said.
"It’s a really good hospital and I decided to stay.
"You already know a lot of the staff, the registrars and junior doctors, so there’s a real sense of community, which is great.
"Also, in comparison to being in a large tertiary hospital you can get a lot more hands-on experience, and you’re not just a face in the crowd, consultant physicians and registrars know your name, which increases that feeling of being part of the team."
DDHHS Director of Clinical Training Dr Sheree Conroy said it would be a week of intensive activity for the new doctors ahead of their first ward rounds next Monday.
"This week is a very busy one but also a very important time for our new doctors," Dr Conroy said.
"The interns will get to know one another while also becoming familiar with the hospital and getting a sense of life within DDHHS.
"In this first week we aim to give them a range of core skills they will use throughout their medical careers.
"Being a doctor can be a very rewarding, but also at times, a very challenging career, and for that reason we place a very strong emphasis on wellbeing, so our young doctors know they have the full support of the Medical Education team at all times."
Dr Conroy said the high rate of retention of junior doctors at Toowoomba Hospital was indicative of the quality of experience available.
"Over the past ten years we have witnessed a recurring pattern of people starting their training here and staying on to continue their training, and becoming specialists, and that’s something we are very " Dr Conroy said.
"We wish the 2018 intern cohort all the best as they embark on this very exciting time in their careers."