PENINSULA Health has welcomed 39 medical interns who have wasted no time learning the ropes in preparation for their one-year placements.
The doctors will immerse themselves into the day-to-day life of caring for patients and working alongside medical and healthcare staff during their rotations across Frankston and Rosebud hospitals and other Peninsula Health sites.
A small number of interns will also rotate throughout the year in the emergency department at Warragul Hospital.
As part of their week-long orientation, the new doctors stepped into the simulation centre to refresh their basic life-support training.
Peninsula Health Medical Workforce Unit director Mr Andrew Wilson said: “Our first-year doctors have already begun building their experience, confidence and expertise, prior to commencing clinical duties on the wards under the direction of more experienced medical staff.
“Peer support is an essential component of our internship program because it allows for this next generation of clinical leaders to be supported and learn from more experienced medical staff which is very important at this formative stage of their careers.
“The intern program is important for local people as it allows for doctors to live and work in the community while they gain experience and explore career paths at our sites. This may see them continue practicing in Frankston or other parts of the Mornington Peninsula.”
Mr Wilson said Peninsula Health was an ideal learning environment. “We have an interesting mix of presentations for the interns to manage, under direction from more experienced medical staff in a supported environment, which is particularly important during the early stages of their careers.”