CHEMISTRY CONNECTION: Dr Laura and Michael Pfeffer start their orientation at Rockhampton Hospital this week as new interns along with 28 others. PHOTO: CHRIS ISON ROK130114CDOCTOR2
CHEMISTRY CONNECTION: Dr Laura and Michael Pfeffer start their orientation at Rockhampton Hospital this week as new interns along with 28 others. PHOTO: CHRIS ISON ROK130114CDOCTOR2

Rockhampton Hospital welcomes 30 new medical interns

IT was more than catching the train together every day that Laura and Michael Pfeffer had in common when they met.

Both graduating from Brisbane universities to become doctors, the married couple started their orientation at Rockhampton Hospital on Monday along with 28 other interns from across the state.

Dr Michael Pfeffer said it was his passion for learning and doing good for others that helped make the decision to study medicine.

"It sounded interesting, and you can use your head and help people at the same time," he said.

"It's really varied, no day is ever the same, and that appealed to me too."

The hospital welcomed its latest intake of medical interns this week, doctors who are embarking on their careers. Rockhampton Hospital will train 30 medical intakes this year; three more than the 27 it trained in 2013.

Acting executive director medical services Dr Don Martin said training opportunities were important when it came to recruiting medical staff.

"When we train medical staff in Central Queensland there is much greater chance they will remain in the region," he said.

"These new doctors will complete rotations in various departments in the hospital, and receive training and mentoring as they transition from many years of study to their new life in the professional workforce."

Dr Laura Pfeffer said she and her husband met as undergraduates while catching the train to university. The rest is history.

"I went to UQ and Michael went to Griffith University," she said.

Both interested in country medicine, and working in rural areas, Dr Pfeffer said they were looking forward to their time in Rockhampton.

"We're excited about being here; everyone has said the hospital is a great place to work, and it is a great town," she said. "We'll be here for one year, and possible a year after that."

The interns are spending this week in intensive orientation before starting work during their 12-month internship, including rotations in the emergency department, surgical, orthopaedic, medical, paediatric, renal, coronary care, obstetrics and gynaecology and mental health units.



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