Monash Health welcomes 106 new junior doctor interns

Photo of new interns

O-week is done and dusted for 106 first-year junior doctors, who began their 12-month internship with Monash Health on Monday last week. They join two part-time interns who commenced in 2021 and will be deployed across several Monash Health sites. Over the next year they will move through a variety of specialities including ED, surgery, medicine, and psychiatry. Many will undertake a term at a rural site.

Orientation week involved online information sessions on a myriad of topics, including PPE and infection prevention, handover and managing deteriorating patients. Developing self-care skills to support wellbeing across the year, was also a key topic. The interns joined their new teams on ‘shadow shifts’ to meet their term supervisors and the outgoing interns.

Dr Bradley Dick, Emergency Physician at Monash Medical Centre, supervised 10 interns starting off their rotation in the Emergency Department at Clayton. Brad has been running online orientation sessions and organising shadow shifts, including in the new state-of-the-art ED facilities.

“Despite joining us at a unique moment in medical history, the ED interns have already shown great engagement. Online technologies and social media have been a game-changer for us in quickly getting them up to speed remotely.”

Bradley, who has been supervising interns deployed to ED for the last five years, said, “we are taking a more gradual approach with orientation than in pre-pandemic years. We’re all dealing with COVID in both our personal and work lives, so information-overload is something we are very mindful of.”

Dr Jessie Gwillim

Dr Tianchi Ren

Dr Tianchi Ren

Dr Jessie Gwillim, ED Intern, is no stranger to Monash Health, having completed her third-year university placement and Bachelor of Medical Science (honours) research at Monash Health.

On starting out a medical career mid-pandemic, she said, “at times it’s been overwhelming.  Although we’ve been students in the hospital during the pandemic, the transition from student to doctor will be a steep learning curve. Overall I’m excited to start and see what this year brings.”

Dr Tianchi Ren, ED Intern, said, “I was initially apprehensive about starting my internship not knowing many people, but everyone has been really supportive and friendly. It’s been really helpful for my transition into work.”  

Associate Professor Christina Johnson, Director, Monash Doctors Education and Consultant in General and Geriatric Medicine, said, “we are very grateful to all the senior and junior medical employees involved in setting our interns up for a successful start at Monash Health, particularly during this latest COVID wave.” 

“It is a big step up from being a medical student to working as a junior doctor. So, it’s fantastic that no matter where they are deployed, they’re supported by our experienced employees, particularly nurses, allied health and ward clerks, as well as medical employees.”  

Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director, Medical Services, Associate Professor Anjali Dhulia, welcomed the class of 2022. “Monash Health’s expanding footprint affords extensive opportunities for those of you who choose to grow your career with us – and we hope that is all of you. We wish you all the very best in this new chapter of life and hope you have a tremendous year with us.”

Feature image (L-R): Monash Medical Centre Emergency Department interns, Dr Tianchi Ren, Dr Suwandi Dewapura, Dr Samuel Penfold, Dr Jessie Gwillim, Dr Jason Hong, and ED Intern Supervisor, Dr Bradley Dick. 

Approved by Associate Professor Anjali Dhulia on 17 January 2022 

 

 



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