Hassan Lami, of Fairfield West, has his sights set on being an ophthalmologist.
Dr Lami is one of more 100 interns who have started their two-year internship in the South Western Sydney Local Health District.
The Liverpool Hospital intern worked as an optometrist for two years before returning to university to study medicine.
"After working as an optometrist, I found myself becoming more interested in medicine as an all-rounded degree, providing doctors with a biological, psychological and social understanding of people,'' he said. "My wife, who is a doctor, was a catalyst in my decision as she used to tell me about her experiences and motivate me to continue my studies.''
South Western Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive Amanda Larkin said south-west Sydney is an "international hub" of training excellence, research and innovation
"Our advancements in robotic surgery and amazing technology such as the molecular science cyclotron facility are drawcards to young doctors," Ms Larkin said.
Hinchinbrook's Ash Shukla, a former Liverpool pharmacist, is the first member of his family to study medicine and is looking forward to practising in his community.
"I wanted to be more holistically involved in patient health. I chose to study medicine because it provides that holistic care which includes diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management,'' he said.
Since 2011, intern positions in NSW have increased by 257 (or 33 per cent) with the state government investing $107 million in the internship program. This year a record 1027 interns will start their medical careers in NSW public hospitals and rotate through metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals.