Doctors in the house at Fairfield

Interns: Some of the new recruits for Fairfield and Liverpool hospitals. Picture: Luke Fuda
Interns: Some of the new recruits for Fairfield and Liverpool hospitals. Picture: Luke Fuda

THE next time you visit Fairfield Hospital, don't be surprised if you see some fresh faces roaming the halls.

Six new interns are among 959 medical graduates who will undertake a one-year internship at both public hospitals this year.

Betsy Dang and Melissa Radjenovic are two of the newest recruits at Fairfield hospital.

Dr Dang, 23, of Bonnyrigg Heights, said she was thrilled to be undertaking her internship at Fairfield Hospital.

She will be at the hospital for 10 weeks before moving on to Liverpool Hospital.

"There's a mixture of feelings. On the one hand I've been training for years to get to this point so it's exciting to finally have responsibility to do what I've worked for for all my life," she said.

"On the other hand I feel anxious because it's the first time we really get responsibility after being a medical student for four to five years."

Dr Radjenovic agreed and said while she was excited, she was also nervous.

"I'm looking forward to getting good exposure to the patients, different pathologies and different specialties of medicine," she said.

"Liverpool Hospital has got every speciality so there's so much to learn there."

Dr Radjenovic will start her internship in orthopedics and take part in two rotations in surgical specialities.

During the year, the interns will complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency.

They will also rotate through metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals, as well as GP practices and, for one network, a private hospital — the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN) at Wahroonga.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the rotation through a hospital network exposed interns to a range of medical scenarios at the outset of their training.

She, along with NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O'Farrell, welcomed the interns last week.


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