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A record number of medical students have commenced their year-long internships this month, with a healthy portion embarking on the regions. Many major rural and regional hospitals have welcomed numerous budding doctors, who have traded in the city to go bush. Our Adam Marshall, Member for Northern Tablelands was there to welcome his new locals.  

A record 983 medical interns have commenced the work experience component of their studies across the state. NSW is the only state to offer two year employment contracts to graduates, undoubtedly an appealing aspect for recent graduates with less hands-on experience.

The students will rotate through a network of hospitals and practises. In total, 380 interns will be posted outside the Sydney metropolitan area, many for the majority of their interning period thanks to our state’s unique Rural Preferential Recruitment Scheme.

In Armidale, Adam Marshall welcomed three junior doctors to the region as a part of the program - Rena Ng, Daniel Phung and Natalie Yeung. They will be joined by six more of their peers next week.

“Rural health offers a totally different experience for graduates – they have the opportunity, not afforded in the city, to experience a wide variety of cases,” said Adam.   

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