FAST WORK: Gladstone Hospital welcomed its first interns yesterday - Farrah Rhentulla to the emergency department, Pei Yee Chong to surgery and Jining Dai to medicine.
FAST WORK: Gladstone Hospital welcomed its first interns yesterday - Farrah Rhentulla to the emergency department, Pei Yee Chong to surgery and Jining Dai to medicine. Paul Braven

First graduate interns start at Gladstone Hospital

JUST two hours into her 10-week internship in Gladstone, Farrah Rhentulla was already getting hands-on with a patient at the hospital.

Yesterday she started in the emergency department, along with Pei Yee Chong in the surgical department and Jining Dai in medicine.

They are the first graduates to do an internship at Gladstone Hospital.

The hospital is now accredited to offer programs in three departments.

Over the year-long internship program the new doctors will complete rotations in various departments at Rockhampton and Gladstone.

Chief executive Len Richards said this was a good demonstration Gladstone Hospital was constantly growing.

"It's very difficult to recruit qualified medical staff to regional areas," he said.

"If we can provide sought-after positions for trainees then those doctors are much more likely to want to remain in the area."

Ms Rhentulla said she chose a rotation that would bring her to Gladstone because she "wanted to experience different places and hospitals".

"I hadn't had a regional experience before. I just want to get the most out of it."

"It's been pretty fast-paced already this morning. A lot of patients are coming in with different things. So it's very unpredictable."

After five years of study at the University of Queensland Ms Chong is ready to enter the workforce.

The 25-year-old is in the surgical ward at the Gladstone Hospital and will be for 10 weeks.

"The good thing about surgical is that you get to know the patients," she said.

In Rockhampton Ms Chong was in the emergency department for 10 weeks.

Mr Dai was keen to learn from the senior medical staff in the medicine ward at the Gladstone Hospital.

"The first person I saw yesterday was getting shocked for abnormal heart rhythm," he said.

Mr Dai said he was unsure which specialty he would like to pursue for his full time employment.

His Gladstone stint will be for 10-weeks before he returns to Rockhampton to go to a different department.

"It's hard to choose because every time you get stuck in to something (an internship) everywhere has its perks.

"It's going to take a while to decide," he said.



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