Williams Welcomes New Interns

Williams Welcomes New Interns

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has today welcomed 11 new medical graduates who will undertake a year-long internship at Port Macquarie Base Hospital in 2017.

“I’m so pleased these new doctors will undertake their internship at our local hospital. Every intern will benefit from the support and direction of our clinicians,” Mrs Williams said.

NSW funds more medical intern positions than any other state or territory. In 2017, 992 interns will start at hospitals around the state - up from 983 in 2016. This record number of intern doctors represents a funding commitment by the NSW Government of $107 million. The 2017 cohort of interns also includes 12 Aboriginal medical graduates.

“I wish all interns the best for what I am sure will be a very informative and exciting year.

“Five of the new interns are locals and no doubt they are excited about the opportunity to return to their hometown in their first year as medical graduates,” Mrs Williams said.

Under the NSW Rural Preferential Recruitment pathway, 131 medical graduates will spend the majority of their first two years working in a regional setting.

NSW guarantees intern positions to all domestic medical graduates of NSW universities. As well, NSW provides internships to many graduates from interstate universities and, where possible, international full-fee paying medical graduates.

NSW is the only state to offer two-year employment contracts to graduates. This includes the one-year internship followed by a year which focusses on consolidating professional practice and experience in different clinical settings.

During their one-year internship, the graduates will complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency. 

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