A NEW cohort of 10 student doctors has arrived in South Gippsland as part of the Monash University Rural Health program.
They’ll be here for the full school year, shadowing GPs, working at hospitals and studying at Monash’s Leongatha headquarters.
GPs from the Wonthaggi Medical Group, Korumburra Medical Centre, Leongatha Healthcare and Foster & Toora Medical Centre are again supporting the program and have made the students feel most welcome.
They come from a range of backgrounds and locations including the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Queensland and right across Victoria.
Jayden Kelly said he was looking forward to gaining the broad range of experiences that practicing in a rural setting provides.
“Having different patient profiles and increased responsibilities appealed to me,” he said.
Andrew Stainsby said he already appreciates the feeling of community.
“It’s lovely to see the rapport the GPs have with patients.”
While here, they’ll gain experience, in mental health during placements at Latrobe Regional Hospital’s Flynn Unit, paediatrics, women’s health and more.
Pietra Dekker said she’ll use these experiences to shape her career goals.
“Nothing is set in stone. I have a list and to be a GP is in the top three. I think we’ll find out this year what we do and don’t want to do in the future.”
The student doctors are wasting no time in immersing themselves in the community.
The Leongatha-based group have all joined Voyage Fitness, another student has joined a community choir and some are interested in tutoring. There’s even a harp teacher among them.
This is the 10th year of the program.
The group enjoyed an introductory dinner last Thursday evening with local GPs. Among them was Dr Jacqui McDonnell from the Korumburra Medical Centre, a graduate from the first cohort.