Chief Minister Gallagher is welcoming a big group of 96 medical interns:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, has welcomed 96 new medical interns who have commenced their clinical work at Canberra Hospital after a week of orientation.
“This is the biggest intake of intern doctors to ever join the ACT healthcare system, and many of them have trained at our own ANU Medical School,” the Chief Minister said.
“I am very pleased to welcome our new doctors as I know the people of Canberra and the surrounding region will benefit from their contribution to the future of our health system.
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“They are participating in a new and highly innovative internship model being piloted for the first time in Australia at Canberra Hospital.”
The new ‘pod system’ system comprises a number of intern teams (‘pods’) made up of 10 junior doctors who will cover a group of medical or surgical specialties to provide inpatient care across a 24 hour period, seven days a week in four 13-week rotations under the mentorship of four senior medical officers.
“The new ‘pod system’ model is designed to afford better continuity of care, greater opportunity for more effective clinical handover, improved training and better supervision of junior doctors, particularly on night shifts and at weekends.”