Bendigo Health is continuing to work hard to attract more doctors to the region.
The hospital welcomed 39 medical graduates for their 12-month internship this week.
The interns will train as junior doctors and be encouraged to stay on in the Loddon Mallee region.
Bendigo Health’s chief medical officer Doctor Humsha Naidoo said almost half of last year’s interns continuing at Bendigo Health.
“Attracting these junior doctors to train in Bendigo benefits the region,” she said.
“Not only do they get to further their training and career in the world class Bendigo Hospital, they are supported and mentored by our senior medical staff.
“Interns who are training with us are also choosing to continue to live and work here in Bendigo and throughout the Loddon Mallee region. This is good news.
“We encourage interns to train in regional areas and come back as specialists to benefit the community even more.”
The interns are mostly from Monash University and University of Melbourne with some having graduated from other medical schools.
Doctor Naidoo said it was great to see graduates opting to train in Bendigo with the internships something that is very demanding but can be very rewarding.
“The internship provides new doctors with an opportunity to further develop their skills in a supported environment,” she said.
“Bendigo Health offers a comprehensive intern program in the areas of general medicine, general surgery, emergency, renal, oncology, orthopaedics, cardiology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, geriatric medicine and urology.”
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