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Gold Coast hosts new generation of doctors

Ninety junior doctors will launch the next phase of their medical careers at Gold Coast public hospitals this year.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today welcomed 749 medical interns to Queensland Health.

“On the Gold Coast, 90 new doctors are embarking on what I’m sure will be long and rewarding careers in medicine,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital are excellent training grounds where they can learn from very capable and respected clinicians.”

Acting Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Shannon Fentiman said the latest placement of interns reflected the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to delivering world-class health services across the entire state.

More than half of all the new junior clinicians are beginning their rotations in regional hospitals across Queensland,” Ms Fentiman said.

“I’m also pleased to see that 66 of these junior clinicians have shown an interest in rural and remote medicine by accepting rural generalist internships.

“We recognise we have a role in equipping our future medical workforce with the necessary skills and experience and that’s what we’re doing.”

Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the new Gold Coast interns had worked extremely hard to get to this stage and congratulate them on the milestone.

“After participating in the orientation program to familiarise themselves with either Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital, the interns will begin rotations through a variety of units that may include general medicine, surgery and emergency medicine.”

Gold Coast Health is the only health service in Queensland to offer an expanded two-week medical intern orientation.

“Our 90 new medical interns are taking part in a comprehensive program of practical skill sessions, presentations, panels and actively shadowing previous interns in the clinical areas of the hospitals where they’ll be based for their first rotation,” Chief Executive Ron Calvert said.

“We also recently appointed a Director of Clinical Training, Dr Matthew Links, an accomplished oncologist and medical educator, who will be pivotal in supporting our interns as they become part of the multi-disciplinary teams delivering quality patient care to the Gold Coast community.”

Each new intern is participating in a week-long orientation program to familiarise themselves with their respective hospital, its services and clinical practice and procedures.

They will then begin rotations through a variety of units that may include general medicine, surgery, emergency medicine and additional elective terms in other specialised areas.

Last updated 05 Feb 2018