Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall meets with registrars and interns at Armidale Hospital yesterday. Back row, left, Dr Jacob Hampton, Dr Emily Dunn, Dr Daniel Lee, Dr Dilharan Eliezer, Dr Brodie Hyde, Dr William Yu, Dr Bassem Ibrahim. Front, Dr Peter Chen, Dr Patrick Jordan, Dr Timothy Kam Ho Him, Dr Jasmine Wintour, Dr Katya Oldfied and Dr Hannah Woodford.
Tuesday, 7 January 2017
A GROUP of 13 new fresh-faced medicos – three intern doctors and an additional 10 registrars – have been warmly welcomed to Armidale Hospital by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
Mr Marshall was at the hospital yesterday morning to greet the young doctors as they began their first day on the job at Armidale – a hospital which they will work under supervision for the next few months.
He said Armidale Hospital would provide the doctors with a wide variety of experience during their training period.
“Working in a regional hospital setting gives new doctors a wide variety of training, delivered by experienced and capable medical professionals,” Mr Marshall said.
“I’m confident all the doctors, but especially our new interns, Doctors Jasmine Wintour, Katya Oldfied and Jacob Hampton will make the most of the opportunities Armidale Hospital provides.”
The three interns have just begun their first year of medical training, while residents have obtained their general registration, and are now working under the supervision of a specialist.
“I wish them the best of luck in what is sure to be a rigorous and testing professional experience. Some say that politics is a tough job, but it’s nothing compared to the challenges of saving lives day in and out,” he told the doctors.
“Now, the challenge is in convincing medical interns to return at the conclusion of their training. The $60 million hospital redevelopment will give staff and patients brand new facilities to improve medical outcomes and boost comfort for all. Hopefully this entices the students of today to become Armidale’s doctors of tomorrow.”
Armidale Hospital General Manager Wendy Mulligan said the training for all new students was practical and hands on.
“They go through a series of programs so that they improve their skills in medical, surgical, intensive care – and each one of these doctors will have a specific area that they’re going to work in,” Ms Mulligan said.
“Armidale’s a great rural city and if we can encourage some of these people to come back and be our specialists and GPs in the future, then that’s the aim of the rural medical program.”