Gold Coast’s frontline workforce received a welcome boost, with the addition of 92 new medical interns in 2024.
The new cohort of junior doctors will spend two-years rotating across various disciplines throughout Gold Coast University Hospital.
As interns, junior doctors will undergo rotations in Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Paediatrics and other disciplines, as part of ongoing training to provide excellent care for the community.
Interns complete an orientation period to ensure all new junior doctors have a thorough understanding of their roles and responsibilities and are ready to hit the ground running when they begin their placement.
Of the 92 junior doctors, 70 students studied at Griffith and Bond Universities and are local to the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service Executive Director Kellie Wren said the hospital welcomes one of the largest intakes for junior doctors in Queensland.
“We place immense value on the development, training and wellbeing of our junior medical staff so they can become safe medical practitioners who have the tools required to look after our community.
Junior doctor Sam Roy said his experience as a professional surfing lifesaving athlete influenced his decision to pursue a career in medicine.
“I’m certainly ready for an exciting new chapter in my career, and I’m looking forward to experiencing work in various areas of the health service as part of my internship rotations," said Sam.
“Australia is increasing culturally diverse with many unique groups and cultures, so the increased focus on cultural competency and communication will be very helpful over the next two years and for my future medical career as well.”