LISMORE Base Hospital's new interns have finished their induction and begun their duties.
As The Northern Star reported on Monday, the 13 doctors began their year-long internship a week ago and are ready to tackle some real-life scenarios at the hospital.
Yesterday, the interns met the New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health, Melinda Pavey, Northern NSW Local Health District new board chairman, Dr Brian Pezzutti, Director of Medical Services for the Richmond Network, Dr Sharon Miskell and Director of the Pre-vocational Training Program, Dr Steve Diamond.
Member for Lismore Thomas George was also on hand to welcome the interns to the city. "Thank you on behalf of the community. We're very honoured that you've come to Lismore," Mr George said.
Ms Pavey said she was so pleased to see such a number of interns placed at the regional hospital.
"It's a really exciting day for this hospital and this community. It's really exciting that we've got people from this district coming back here."
Ms Pavey said that it was fantastic that this year they had 935 intern positions across NSW - a record number.
Dr Diamond said that he was very pleased with the interns.
"They're all very enthusiastic," he said. "I'm impressed with their knowledge and confidence. They will mature into good doctors," he said.
Three of the 13 interns grew up on the Northern Rivers, now returning to begin their careers back home.
Hayley Edmonds, 27, is from Kyogle. She said she was pleased to be back in the region after 10 years away studying and working.
She "always knew" she would come back to the Northern Rivers to live and work.
She said she hoped to work as a general practitioner and obstetrician and was looking forward to the year.