Ipswich Hospital staff numbers boosted by intake of interns
STAFF numbers at Ipswich Hospital will be boosted next week as a new intake of freshly minted doctors takes to the wards.
After a week of general orientation, the hospital welcomed 35 new interns to its roster of medicos.
The interns will begin their year-long placement, which will be broken into five 10-week terms, three of which are spent in surgery, the emergency ward and medicine.
After studying at the University of Queensland for nine years, intern Casey Bennetts, 26, said she couldn't wait to start her medical career.
"Naturally there is some fear associated with thoughts like 'am I ready?' and 'do I actually know what I'm doing?'," she said.
"But for me I'm mostly excited at finally being able to put all the skills that I have learnt into practice.
"Having done my prac at the Ipswich Hospital for the past two years, I feel welcomed and supported here so I don't have that overriding fear."
Fellow intern Rick Allen, 27, who also did his practical training at Ipswich Hospital, said he was keen to come back to continue his learning experience at the health facility.
"The beauty of Ipswich Hospital is that it's a very general hospital," he said.
"So you get good general exposure which you can utilise in the more specific and specialist units in some bigger hospitals.
"It's great for people at our level just to get a handle on the basics."
Department of Health deputy director-general Dr Michael Cleary said medical graduates applying for an intern position for this year were given the opportunity to preference all of the 16 Queensland hospitals that trained interns.
"The intern year is vital for ensuring medical graduates have the best possible start to their careers as doctors," he said.