ANU medical students return to hospital after previous positive experiences

Intern Renata Pajtak, Senior lecturer and academic coordinator for ANU rural clinical school Goulburn campus Isabella Hawke, and intern Elise Firman.
Intern Renata Pajtak, Senior lecturer and academic coordinator for ANU rural clinical school Goulburn campus Isabella Hawke, and intern Elise Firman.

Two ANU medical students have began as interns at Goulburn Base Hospital citing a positive and supportive environment as factors for their return. 

The two junior doctors, Renata Pajtak and Elise Firman, will live in Goulburn for three months and join the larger cohort of seven ANU medical students completing their third year of the postgraduate course. 

In their free time, many are actively involved in the community. 

“We had such a positive experience during our clinical year in the third year. There is a variety of patients and we can connect with patients more,” Ms Pajtak said.

Ms Firman added the rotation allowed the two to develop their clinical skills and work with intensive care unit (ICU) patients, an opportunity hard to find in larger tertiary programs. 

ANU director of education training Isabella Hawke praised the program’s ability to facilitate learning and communication between the students and interns throughout the year. 

Students Jonathan McGuane, Paul LeMesurier, Meghan Carroll, doctor Tony Whelan, Samantha Gray, Cameron Donnet, Michael Johnson and Johnny Fang.

Students Jonathan McGuane, Paul LeMesurier, Meghan Carroll, doctor Tony Whelan, Samantha Gray, Cameron Donnet, Michael Johnson and Johnny Fang.

Students will rotate through medical, surgical, pediatrics, medical clinics, palliative care and nursing homes. They will also be sent to Crookwell District Hospital, an aspect Ms Hawke described as integral.

“It’s very important for students to be in Crookwell because Crookwell doctors have no junior doctors helping them out. Students go out there and not only do they get good teaching but they can assist the doctors at the hospital,” she said. 

“I’d like to thank the patients to allow the students to be a part of their care, this is really crucial for their training.”

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