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Medical interns launch their careers in Bundaberg

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Sixteen junior doctors have started their internship at the Bundaberg Hospital, assisted by senior clinicians. Photo: Contributed

Bundaberg Hospital’s medical workforce has been bolstered by the addition of 16 new junior doctors in 2024.

The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) remains a key hub for regional medical training, with 28 in total choosing to launch their careers from within the Wide Bay.

The new recruits will gain a valuable hands-on learning experience working in WBHHS regional hospitals over the next 12 months, under the guidance and supervision of senior clinicians.

This week the interns at Bundaberg Hospital have started a five day orientation program to familiarise themselves with the local hospital, its services and procedures.

Over the year, they will then undertake rotations in key areas including medicine, surgery or orthopaedic surgery and emergency medicine, along with the opportunity to rotate to other specialised areas such as obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthetics, mental health and paediatrics.

Dr Geoffrey Mallett, one of the new junior doctors joining the team at Bundaberg Hospital, has lived locally his whole life.

“I had a previous career as a pharmacist in Bundaberg before deciding to retrain as a doctor,” Geoffrey said.

“I loved serving the community and it feels great after years studying to be able to start my new career in my hometown.

“As someone with a young family, I love that Bundaberg is driving distance to Brisbane for visits but we get to enjoy a regional lifestyle.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my clinical experiences at Bundaberg Hospital during my studies and I am looking forward to what my internship year has to offer.”

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