Orange Health Service has celebrated a record number of applicants in this year’s annual junior medical officer recruitment campaign.
Applications were received across all specialties including critical care services, anaesthetics, surgery and medicine, with an increase in both the number and seniority of trainees choosing to come to Orange.
This is off the back of increasing demand for services and the expansion of medical specialties across the district over the past five years.
Director of Medical Services at Orange Health Service, Dr Peter Thomas said he is pleased Orange Health Service has received more applications through the recruitment campaign than ever before.
“We should be very excited that more junior medical officers than ever before want to come to Orange to undertake their training,” Dr Thomas said.
“With higher numbers of trainees and increased seniority of applicants come greater opportunities to showcase Orange as a leader in the provision of excellent health care.”
Dr Thomas highlighted a number of new advanced training positions that have been funded by the NSW Ministry of Health in the last two years, with great success.
“We have seen the success of these advanced training positions, especially in medical oncology and haematology, where advanced trainees have spent their final year at Orange working alongside our consultants,” Dr Thomas said.
“The creation of these advanced training posts enables doctors in specialty training to experience regional and rural practice and to transition to specialist and consultant position across the Health District.”
“This program helps consolidate our strategy of recruitment and retention of specialists, helping to bridge the gap between rural and metropolitan healthcare services,” he said.
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