- On January 20, 2020
AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, is welcoming the interns of 2020 as they start work during hospital O-Week throughout NSW.
“From myself and everyone at AMA (NSW), I want to welcome the interns of 2020 to the medical profession and congratulate them all on having attained this achievement.
“As has often been the case in recent years, a record number of interns are beginning work in 2020 and this is good because there are several specialties in which there is a shortage in NSW.
“This includes my own, general practice, and this means each one of these new doctors is needed to go on to complete their specialty training.
“The effort you’ve already put in to get to this stage is significant and, as you continue to train on the job, there is much work awaiting you.
“However, please remember, that while expectations for you are increasing, I want to remind both senior doctors and doctors-in-training that this is a learning experience as much as it is a professional one.
“I encourage interns to ask questions and seek support when they are struggling – clinically or personally.
“In an increasingly pressured system, expectations may feel high but we’re all in it together and need to look out for each other.
“We have seen the tragedy that burnout can result in and this is something we are actively working to avoid.
“AMA (NSW) is bringing its own pressure to bear on the system itself to enact change through tools like the Hospital Health Check.
“We are working with doctors, hospitals, and the State Government to make the system better for doctors-in-training.
“So, please, enjoy your successes, see the learning opportunities at other times, and seek support when you need it.
“And know that organisations like the AMA are working on the flaws in the system so it serves you and your patients better,” Dr Lim said.
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