Thirty-two new medical graduates started work with Shepparton-based Goulburn Valley Health this week, becoming part of the health service’s workforce and the wider community.
The interns will spend this week in orientation, covering the systems of the hospital and refreshing practical and emergency procedures — before they begin as doctors under supervision on Monday.
GV Health intern training director Carolyn Kamenjarin said about 600 graduates applied and were judged on university scores, resumes and references.
‘‘They will spend the year completing three core rotations in medicine, surgery and emergency, while undertaking two non-core rotations in ... anaesthetics, oncology and psychiatry,’’ she said.
In the past, significant numbers of interns have stayed on at GV Health and Dr Kamenjarin said that was the challenge the hospital faced each year.
‘‘We like to retain them and we do retain a significant proportion,’’ she said.
Medical interns Ksenia Goureve and Tim Everson are excited to spend their first year in Shepparton.
Mrs Goureve studied medicine as a mature-aged student, which she said gave her an advantage over other medical graduates.
‘‘I was quite happy to come to a regional area ... this will be a good taster,’’ she said.
‘‘During my degree I wanted to be a general practitioner, but now I’m becoming more interested in neurology.’’
Mr Everson left Sydney to study a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne.
‘‘I lived on college (at the university) then moved out to Epping to complete placement at the Northern Hospital,’’ he said.
‘‘This year at Goulburn Valley Health will involve a lot more responsibility — and now we get paid, which is a bonus.’’