Seven medical graduates of The University of Sydney, School of Rural Health (SRH) have chosen rural internships for 2017, including three who have chosen Orange, two choosing nearby Dubbo, one graduate choosing Lismore and one who will be going to Albury Wodonga for their intern placement.
During their four-year medical degree with The University of Sydney students can spend one year studying in a regional area where they gain valuable skills and experience, as well as an appreciation of healthcare delivery in the bush. These seven interns took up that offer, and along with 56 other Sydney Medical School students, are currently completing a year at the School of Rural Health Dubbo & Orange Campuses. Next year they will complete a year as a Junior Medical Officer – the first as an intern, the second year as a resident.
School of Rural Health Associate Dean and Head of School, Associate Professor Mark Arnold said “By the end of 2016, The University of Sydney’s School of Rural Health will have educated 738 University of Sydney medical students. We are proud that seven of our 2016 graduates will be practicing rurally with five of these spread between Orange and Dubbo. Next year another 32 final year medical students will train in Orange and Dubbo, and we are optimistic that they will, like their predecessors, elect to work rurally.”
Associate Professor Mark Arnold added “Last year, 63% of graduating medical students who had attended a University of Sydney Rural School expressed a preference to work in a rural area, and 82% would opt for a generalist career. 90% of students who attended a University of Sydney Rural School agreed or strongly agreed that their rural medical experience had increased their interest in pursuing a career in rural or regional Australia. This is one part of building a sustainable long term medical workforce, and to this end, the University is working on initiatives to allow these motivated young people to undertake the majority of their post-graduation training rurally.”
SRH Orange students Melissa Smith and Rosie Watters are just two who saw first-hand the benefits of practicing in a regional area and had no hesitation in coming back as interns.
Rosie Watters, who is originally from Kununurra in WA said “I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and great teaching in Orange Hospital as a student, as well as the amazing food and wineries Orange has to offer. So I was very keen to return for internship!"
SRH Dubbo student, Jessica Yabsley, who is originally from a property near Mullaley NSW, has also chosen Orange to complete her 2017 internship. Jessica said. “I have loved the opportunity to come back to the country for the final year of my medical degree - the entire community has been so welcoming and the staff at the hospital have been excellent as mentors and teachers. Rural life has so many benefits, and I am so pleased to be staying in the region for my early years as a doctor.”
These 3 SRH medical graduate interns will be a significant addition to Orange health services in 2017.