First day on the job for new interns at Lismore Base

IF YOU see young doctors looking a bit unsure today around the Lismore Base Hospital, smile and welcome them to our district.

The hospital will today welcome 13 new interns to its roster of medicos.

The interns will gain broad experience during the year-long placement, rotating through regional, rural and metropolitan hospitals, as well as GP practices.

They will complete compulsory terms in the fields of medicine, surgery and emergency.

NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner said that "rural and regional hospitals offer a unique experi- ence to interns and I commend all those choosing to move to our country towns to deliver the best health care for local patients."

Member for Lismore Thomas George said today "will be a day these interns remember for the rest of their lives and while it will be challenging, I wish them all the best".

"Some interns will be leaving their homes to live and work in Lismore. I know the community joins me to welcoming them to town," said Mr George.

A record 925 interns start work today across NSW practices and hospitals.

This year's intake is an increase of almost 80 from 2012.

For the past four years, the University Centre for Rural Health has partnered up with three universities - Sydney, Wollongong and Western Sydney - to provide training on the North Coast for final-year medical students.

The aim is to attract new blood to the ranks of our regional health system and it's workings. The majority of interns working at Lismore Base Hospital last year, for example, were recruited through this partnership.

The placement program has the added benefit of raising the profile of Lismore Base as a teaching hospital, a status that tends to attract trainee specialists looking for teaching experi- ence in their field.



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