Bendigo Health this week welcomed 39 new junior doctors to start their 12-month internship.
Supervisor of Intern Training, Dr Sanneil Mathias, said it was an exciting time for the new Doctors and the health service.
“It’s a great place to start you career – a big hospital with a great sense of community, and lots of areas for these interns to work in,” he said.
Dr Mathias said the interns have five rotations throughout the year, including emergency, general medical, general surgical and two elective terms in specialty areas.
Last year, two thirds of Bendigo Health’s interns stayed on at the health service.
“It depends on their career pathways and what they want to do but we have a lot of ability to keep them on,” he said.
Dr Harshil Singh, who grew up in Devonport, Tasmania, preferenced the rural pathway.
“I’m familiar with the country environment really wanted to be able to experience regional training. In Bendigo you get to treat a diverse range of patients from paediatrics to geriatrics. I’m looking forward to getting started and finding out what I want to do in the future,” he said.
Dr Maeve Delahunty grew up in Bendigo and sees the health service as the perfect place to start as a junior doctor.
“I’m excited and nervous try a few specialities I’m interested in and see how I go,” she said.