Over 100 junior doctors start their careers at SESLHD

More than 100 junior doctors have started their internships at St George, Sutherland and Prince of Wales Hospitals. They are among more than 1,000 new medical graduate interns across the state, who have commenced work with NSW Health. 

Daniel Mezrani, 26, joined the team at St George Hospital and is confident the medical field is the right career choice for him. "I'm looking forward to getting stuck into it," said Daniel.

"Medicine has always been at the back of the mind. Both my parents were doctors. But I took some time to make sure it was what I really wanted to do. Ultimately I came back to it. It's immediately rewarding - you use your brain and push yourself, and explore your curiosity, while making a difference in people's lives." 

Antonia Gazal, also 26, has commenced her rotation at Prince of Wales Hospital in the Coronary Care Unit, with cardiology one of the areas of medicine that interests her the most. Antonia (pictured), who studied medicine at Notre Dame University, is looking forward to putting her skills into practice. 

“I’m looking forward to gaining more clinical experience through the different terms of my internship. I’m enjoying being part of a team and learning from my peers - I feel very well supported, surrounded by great registrars and consultants,” said Antonia. 

Interns are medical graduates who have completed their medical degree and are required to complete a supervised year of practice in order to become independent practitioners. 

The new doctors have entered a training program that provides formal and on-the-job training. They will rotate across different specialties during their training, including surgery, medicine and emergency medicine. 

Dr Jo Karnaghan, SESLHD Director Clinical Governance and Medical Services welcomes the new starters.

“It’s great to welcome 115 new junior doctors coming into our District’s hospitals. I see an incredibly bright and enthusiastic cohort of interns, and look forward to seeing them rise to the challenges of their new careers,” said Dr Karnaghan.

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