Orange Health Service will officially welcome its 2015 intake of new medical recruits on Monday, 19 January.
The interns have been selected through NSW Health’s Rural Preferential Recruitment program, co-ordinated by Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) which determines the number of places available at Orange. Of the 14 Internships allocated to Orange, five positions have been filled by graduates from the University of Sydney School of Rural Health who have trained at Orange.
Orange Health Service Deputy Director of Medical Services Dr Peter Thomas said the interns come from all across NSW and will complete two years of training at the hospital, which offers them a breadth of clinical specialties on the one campus.
“Medical students are drawn by Orange’s reputation as one of the largest rural referral hospitals providing significant specialist health services in NSW and our excellent record for training junior doctors,” he said.
“We interviewed around 60 applicants which gives a good indication of the interest that new doctors have in starting their training here and taking advantage of the hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities and medical training expertise."
Orange Health Service Director of Prevocational Education and Training, Dr Jo Rainbow said other junior doctors such as Shannon Townsend, who was awarded HETI’s 2014 NSW Junior Medical Officer of the Year, are excellent ambassadors for Orange.
“Shannon has represented Orange Health Service at recruitment evenings, and prospective interns have mentioned that one of the reasons that they applied to Orange was the positive impression that Shannon made,” she said.
Three of the new interns are cadets from the NSW Rural Doctors Network and are committed to careers in the country.
“We have a good track record for interns coming back to work here permanently following their training as they recognise the professional and lifestyle opportunities available in our region,” Dr Rainbow said.
“We are all looking forward to working with our new junior doctors; and hope that many of them will choose to practice rurally when they complete their training”.
The 2015 intake also includes an indigenous doctor, continuing Orange’s support for increasing the number of indigenous health workers within NSW Health.
Member for Orange, Andrew Gee said he was looking forward to meeting the new junior doctors and believes it is an important boost to not only Orange but the region.
“It’s fantastic to welcome these new medical interns to Orange and to our first class Health Service in Orange. It’s something I’m very excited about,” Mr Gee said.
The new recruits will participate in an orientation day on Monday, which will include an official welcome from Member for Orange Mr Andrew Gee and members of the Orange Health Service executive team as well as a tour of the facility, before they settle in and begin work with their particular departments.