THIS week is the last week of the employment year for the resident medical officers in Queensland, which means next week is the beginning of a new employment year for junior doctors.
All the residents change employment at the same time; January 20.
Residents are doctors who are registered but have not yet entered specialist training; be that for general practice or another specialty.
Residents will be one to four years out of training. The next level up is the registrar or principal house officer.
These doctors change more than two weeks later so that the junior staff in a hospital don't all change at the same time.
This year we are welcoming six junior doctors at Gladstone Hospital.
Junior doctors are supervised by more senior staff.
They are all qualified doctors but it takes a couple of weeks to settle in to the new hospital and get to know the local systems; for instance how to arrange review appointments or how to book theatre for an operation.
We have an orientation program to help the doctors get up to speed as quickly as possible.
So, we are looking forward to welcoming the new doctors in training to Gladstone Hospital.
Across the state, medical interns are also beginning work.
These are newly graduated doctors who have completed their university training and now will work a year when they are provisionally registered.