Bendigo Health Doctor Katie Blunt says it is a “huge honour” to be awarded Junior Doctor of the Year by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria.
Dr Blunt spent two and-a-half years at Bendigo Health as a student and was drawn to a career in regional Victoria.
“I’ve fallen in love with regional lifestyle. There’s a huge focus on patient care and looking after the community. I felt really at home in the local community which makes the whole experience of living here a really immersive one,” she said.
“Since I was a medical student I’ve really advocated for working in regionally, there’s a lot of misconceptions about it and I’ve had nothing but a positive experience."
Dr Blunt is Vice President of the HMO society at Bendigo Health and has been heavily involved in advocating for the education, training and wellbeing of prevocational trainees.
Dr Blunt has rotated through emergency, surgery and oncology this year and next year hopes spend some time in obstetrics and the Intensive Care Unit.
Bendigo Health Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Casey Nottage said Dr Blunt’s award showed junior doctors can thrive and have a great career in a regional hospital.
“We hope accolades like this show people that Bendigo Health is a place that welcomes and supports junior doctors and enables them to have positive experiences here,” she said.