Forty-five new doctors are in the midst of orientation training at Toowoomba Hospital before officially beginning their ward rounds next week.
Darling Downs Health Chief Executive Dr Peter Gillies welcomed the 2019 interns as they began the next phase of their careers.
“We are delighted to welcome a record number of interns to Darling Downs Health,” Dr Gillies said.
“Forty-five interns have started with orientation at Toowoomba Hospital this week, and of those 37 will continue their intern year here, with others going to locations including Stanthorpe, Warwick and Goondiwindi.
“Of this year’s cohort 10 of our interns will be joining the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway, working towards a career as a general practitioner in regional and remote locations.”
Darling Downs Director of Clinical Training Dr Sheree Conroy said orientation was a very busy time for the new doctors as they prepare to start ward rounds on Monday 20 January.
“This week is a very important time for our new doctors to get to know one another and get a feel for life within Darling Downs Health,” Dr Conroy said.
“It includes a range of practical sessions to develop core skills like advanced life support, we take them through the hospital so they get an idea of the layout and how things work, and we also place a great deal of emphasis on making sure they have the skills to maintain their own wellbeing.
“We want our young doctors to know they have the full support of the Medical Education team at all times, because medicine can be a challenging career, especially in the early years when you’ve completed your studies and you’re putting everything you’ve learned into practice.”
Dr Conroy said Darling Downs Health attracted more interns every year, with very high retention rates in subsequent years.
“I think that’s an indication of the quality of the experience available to young doctors here at Toowoomba Hospital and throughout Darling Downs Health,” she said.
“We’ve seen, particularly over the past 10 years, very high percentages of young doctors choosing to stay on for their second and third years of training with us, which is very pleasing.
“We also have many doctors, on staff, myself included, who did their internships here at Toowoomba Hospital and have come back later as specialists, because it is an excellent place to learn, and an excellent place to continue your career.”