More than 50 intern doctors will spend the next 52 weeks interning at Northern Health.

FIFTY enthusiastic junior doctors have now started their internships at Northern Health.

Over the next 52 weeks, the interns will gain practical experience in general medicine, general surgery and emergency, with optional areas of orthopaedics, psychiatry, rehabilitation, anaesthetics, plastics, vascular and respiratory.

Joshua Lendon, who moved from Geelong into Melbourne’s north for this opportunity, said he was looking forward to becoming more familiar with how the hospital was set up, and the tasks he would perform every day.

“I am actually from Deakin University, and was trained in Geelong. I am excited to do some hands-on doctoring and explore different areas through my rotations,” he said.

“Northern Health staff have done a great job of organising the online orientation. Thank you Northern Health for taking me on. I am excited to be here and make a difference.”

To help the interns progress in their careers, Northern Health has appointed a surgical education consultant, Dr Chiu Kang.

Dr Kang started his career at Northern Health as a medical student in 2006 and, after graduation, returned as an intern.

He is now a bariatric, UGI and general surgeon who is looking forward to providing surgical education to everyone from intern to registrar level.

“As surgical education consultant, I will be joining a team of enthusiastic and skilled educators from the medical education unit and department of surgery entrusted with the responsibility of planning, implementation and delivery of surgical education to all junior medical staff,” he said.

“Practically, this will include organising rostered educational sessions, practical workshops and tutorials, while providing supervision, mentorship and career advice to those who are interested in a career in surgery.

“With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 will once again be a challenging year for surgical education at Northern Health.

“It is our duty as educators to provide comprehensive training and support to our junior doctors under these circumstances.”