Future of medicine in the hands of our new doctors

Westmead Hospital surgeon Dr Michael Hollands, junior medical officer Dr Emma Hollands and ward clerk Kathleen Leeder.

Westmead Hospital has welcomed 89 junior medical officers who will undertake a year-long internship at Westmead and Auburn hospitals.

They are part of an intake of 142 medical graduates working across WSLHD.

They will commence roles in medicine, surgery, and emergency.

Westmead Hospital’s chief medical advisor Associate Professor Roslyn Crampton said there were now almost 800 trainee doctors working across Western Sydney Local Health District.

“We know that our future Westmead precinct will be in the hands of these younger doctors who will have technological advances and knowledge that will build on the excellent care we are providing,” Prof Crampton said.

“Westmead Hospital provides a rich training experience across all specialist areas including medicine, surgery and emergency medicine. It is in the centre of one of the largest training networks in NSW for interns and junior resident medical staff.

New junior medical officer Emma Hollands moved from Western Australia to work at Westmead Hospital.

She dramatically changed her career path from working in communications for the Defence Department to studying to become a doctor.

Thirty-year-old Emma has fond memories of Westmead Hospital from when she was a toddler.

Her father, Dr Michael Hollands, is a surgeon and has worked at Westmead hospital for the past 30 years.

“My dad used to bring my siblings and I into the hospital when he was doing his ward rounds and ward clerk Kathleen Leeder used to keep a close eye on us,” Emma said.

“Eating lots of ice cream is something I remember vividly.

“Health and caring for people is in our blood. My mum works as an epidemiologist and my sister is a radiation therapist at the Mater and my brother is an architect.

“I always wanted to study medicine and dad has always enjoyed his work working at Westmead Hospital.

“l can’t wait to start working in the hospital’s emergency department.

“After studying for so long it’s fantastic to land my dream job.”

NSW guarantees intern positions to all domestic medical graduates of NSW universities and provides internships to many graduates from interstate universities, and, where possible, international full-fee paying medical graduates.

The interns will rotate through metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals, as well as GP practices.

Westmead Hospital surgeon Dr Michael Holland, junior medical officer Dr Emma Holland and ward clerk Kathleen Leeder.