Western Sydney Local Health District welcomes largest number of junior doctors in NSW

Westmead JMO 2024 intake. Left to right:Natalie Mikhael, Christopher Tang, Sharuja Jegathees, Isabelle Chacty, Sukrit Khanna

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More than 130 junior doctors have pulled on their scrubs at Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) in the largest intake of medical graduate interns across the state.

The medical graduate interns join WSLHD as part of their formal training and will be exposed to a variety of specialities including surgery, medicine and emergency medicine.

This provides a unique opportunity for them to also be mentored and coached by some of the most esteemed clinicians in the country, all while caring for the patients of western Sydney.

“We are proud to welcome 134 medical graduate interns to our WSLHD facilities and to encourage this next generation of clinicians as they learn about patient care from our dedicated teams,” WSLHD Chief Executive Graeme Loy said.

Across the state, more than 1,000 new medical graduate interns have commenced work with NSW Health – the highest annual intake of any state or territory in Australia.

For Natalie Mikhael, her rotation at WSLHD is an opportunity to give back to the community that has been such a big part of her life.

“I grew up in western Sydney and was actually born in Westmead Hospital, so this is a very full-circle moment,” she said.

Interns are medical graduates who have completed their medical degree and are required to complete a supervised year of practice in order to become independent practitioners.

These new members of the WSLHD network are able to experience frontline work in western Sydney’s facilities across the district through formal and on-the-job training.

They receive two-year contracts to rotate between metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals to ensure the diversity of their experience, and also rotate across different specialties during the intern year.

More information on the recruitment of junior doctors can be found here.