Photo of some EGCBI Interns during their Orientation Week:

Interns outside Macleod St Medical Centre, BairnsdaleCompleting Basic Life Support Training iin the Simulation LabIntern dinner

If you are nervous about beginning your Internship – don’t be! (Although  it is only natural to be a bit nervous when beginning a new job).

All interns will be orientated to the Community Based Internship training program as a group at a face-to-face week-long orientation. In addition to this, site specific orientation will occur each time an intern rotates into that site.

In your Orientation you will cover all information necessary for you to feel comfortable starting work. You will tour all sites involved in the program, and hear from a number of staff on issues such as Pharmacy, Medico-Legal, your rights and responsibilities, Allied Health, your welfare, and much, much more! You’ll visit the Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place to gain an appreciation and understanding of local Aboriginal culture, and enjoy dinner with your supervisors on the shores of the stunning Gippsland Lakes. You will also shadow an HMO for a day in the location of your first rotation, so you feel completely comfortable and confident when you begin work.

Our Interns had the following to say about their Orientation:

‘Meeting and getting to know everyone was fun. The presentations were good and quite important. I enjoyed the MET call theory and rural generalist talks.’

‘The Krowathunkoolong visit provided great insight into the perspective of Indigenous communities.’

‘Very useful information and relevant to work and improving quality of life.’

‘As a doctor the critical responsibilities of being hands on in a professional fashion, firstly knowing what to do and then executing this in a constructive manner was covered very well.’

‘All time in skills labs I find extremely useful. Socialising at dinner was enjoyable.’

‘Overall I thought the orientation week was excellent. I thought the social dinner was a great idea in order to get a chance to socialise with the group. I feel I was well prepared to start work.’