Today, nearly 1,000 new doctors start their first day as interns in hospitals around NSW.
AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, and ASMOF (NSW) President, Dr Tony Sara, are both welcoming all of them to the medical profession.
“There is an ongoing doctor shortage in NSW and around Australia and record numbers of new doctors entering the system is vital to solving that problem.
“The increasing demands of the health system need to be met and for that I’m very grateful we have so many new doctors starting their careers today,” Dr Sara said.
“Like all new doctors this year’s interns are highly trained but they aren’t fully qualified specialists and GPs yet.
“It surprises a lot of people to know that medical training doesn’t finish at the end of university.
“No doctor’s education ever really ends and today’s interns will learn a lot before their careers are over,” Dr Smith said.
“Medicine is simultaneously a very demanding and rewarding career and like all who’ve come before them, this year’s interns are going to be kept very busy.
“Presentations at our hospitals are increasing, so these doctors have their work cut out for them,” Dr Sara said.
“At the same time, training for young doctors is continuing to improve in terms of having more places available in rural and regional NSW.
“The AMA has been campaigning for some time for more interns, residents and registrars to be based outside of Sydney.
“Doctors who have good experiences training in rural and regional areas are more likely to find careers outside of Sydney,” Dr Smith said.
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