The Friendlies has welcomed a new group of post-graduate doctors on clinical placements across the hospital.
Staff development manager and senior educator Carolyn Wilson said the program operated in collaboration with the Wide Bay Hospital Health Service (WBHHS) to provide medical education and training.
“The junior doctors work under supervision of highly skilled and experienced clinical supervisors who are all specialist consultants,” Carolyn said.
“Often the junior doctor will enjoy one-on-one time with the consultant during ward rounds and benefit greatly from education provided by the consultant.
“They are supported by the wider health-care teams in each work unit and throughout the hospital, including nurse unit managers, senior nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals.”
The doctors will complete a 10-week rotation at The Friendlies.
Dr Natasha came to Bundaberg as her first-choice placement from Karachi in Pakistan after completing her qualifications.
“I applied for one job, which was in Bundaberg, and I got it, lucky me” she said.
“I’ve done two rotations at the Base Hospital and this is my third rotation in surgical.
“After the rotations are finished, I get my general registration.”
Dr Natasha said she selected Bundaberg because she heard it’s a friendly place.
“I feel very comfortable at The Friendlies Hospital, even on my second day it’s very good,” she said.
Director of Clinical Services and Patient Safety, Sandy Blake, said it was fantastic for patients to have new doctors working on the wards.
“We do value them because they’re here to learn but they’re also good for our patients because they’re often the first port of call,” Sandy said.
“I’m full of praise for our senior doctors who mentor them and help them to start their careers.”
The group meets weekly for lunchtime teaching sessions, with presentations given by consultants and pharmacists.
On Tuesday they heard from resident medical officer cardiology, Dr Kenneth Sinclair.
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