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Local health service welcomes new interns

Future doctor Kayla Scully

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Local health service welcomes new interns

Sixty-six new medical interns have joined the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service workforce.

The future of the region’s health workforce is continuing to strengthen with 66 new medical interns joining the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS).

SCHHS chief executive Dr Peter Gillies says the health service is proud to welcome the interns and support them through the provision of excellent clinical education and experience. “It’s greatly encouraging to have 66 junior doctors joining us in 2022. The application process is always competitive, and this year’s interns are of a very high calibre,” he says.

“These young doctors have already spent years completing their undergraduate training, and are now entering a new and exciting – but demanding – period of their careers.

“The intern year is a very important one, when clinical management, communication and professional skills are consolidated under the close guidance and supervision of more senior colleagues. As hospital interns, they will be vital members of staff, helping to meet the ever-increasing demand for health services across the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas.”

Kayla Scully is one of Griffith University’s Doctor of Medicine graduates joining SCHHS. She says she is excited to be starting her medical career on the Sunshine Coast after completing two years of clinical placement at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

“During my final years of medical school, I really got to know the staff and appreciate their commitment to learning and teaching, so I feel very fortunate to be working with them again.”

A budding haematologist, Ms Scully says growing up with a mother who had chronic health issues led to her interest in diseases and the human body.

“I originally graduated as a scientist and worked in a pathology laboratory, but I soon realised that I was only seeing one side of the coin,” she says. “I was missing out on engaging with and caring for patients on their illness journeys, and that was something incredibly important to me after seeing how doctors had helped my mother as a child.”

Griffith University Sunshine Coast and SCHHS academic lead and director of clinical training Jen Williams says starting as an intern is a landmark occasion in a doctor’s career.

“Many interns have dreamed of being a doctor since they were very young, and this month they reach that milestone and will finally be able to say to their patients ‘I’m the doctor looking after you’,” she says.

Assoc Prof Williams says interns must complete terms in general medicine, surgery and emergency medicine, as well as two or more elective placements in order to obtain general registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Dr Gillies hopes the internships will inspire the cohort of junior doctors to continue working in the region. “I wish them all the best as they embark on this next chapter and start their first year as a medical professional,” he says.

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