Interns and PGY2
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The VRGP pathway can be commenced in either year one or year two of your postgraduate training years. There is no requirement to be a member of the GP training program to be eligible for these positions.
At present, there are 35 positions that have that have been identified as being VRGP internship positions commencing from 2021.
It is anticipated that the PGY2 positions will be identified by June 2020 to enable current Interns who are currently in the VRGP (former RCIT) program to continue their training in the same region.
Additional posts will be identified and accredited for the Program. Please check back in here for the most up to date information.
|East Gippsland Community Based Internship program||5|
|Echuca Regional Health||5|
|Murray to the Mountains (M2M)||15|
|South West Healthcare Warrnambool||5|
See our video from Erica, a third year medical student, on why she wants to pursue a career as a Rural Generalist.
Tell us a little bit about how you have gotten to where you are now?, ie what inspired you to do medicine, where are you from and what made you come to the Loddon Mallee region?
I moved to Echuca to undertake my internship at Echuca Regional Health after completing my studies at The University of Melbourne and clinical school at the Austin Hospital. I undertook 2 rural GP placements as a student and was inspired by the variety that comes with practising medicine in a a rural setting and knowing that you can have a real impact on rural communities. I felt that Echuca was a place where I could truly be immersed in the rural medicine experience.
What was you initial experience in your intern year here like?
What really stands out to me about my internship experience at ERH was the opportunity to get really hands on – in my first week here I was first assistant in an ortho case! There are learning opportunities all around you if you want to get involved, all you have to do is ask. Staff are very supportive and willing to teach, and everyone works together as a team. Being away from family and friends can be tough at times, but I have been able to build new friendships here and still maintain my relationships back in Melbourne.
There has certainly been challenging times, but overall my experience here has been very positive – so positive in fact that I’ve decided to stay next year!
Highlights outside of the Health Service , i.e. community , town, etc.
Echuca is a great place to live and I found I settled in quite quickly. The cafes, restaurants and coffee you get here is right up there with what you can expect from the city. The town has everything you need, so I don’t feel like I am missing out on anything, plus Melbourne is only a couple of hours away. I’m still on the hunt for a good deli though!
I felt that Echuca was a place where I could truly be immersed in the rural medicine experience.
Where do you envisage your career heading and why?
At the moment I envision my career taking the path to becoming a rural GP obstetrician. I enjoy the variety of general practice, and have a keen interest in women’s health, so I feel this to be a great way to combine the two. My experience as a student and while working in rural communities has grown my passion for rural health and I have developed a greater appreciation for the needs of rural communities. I feel this makes for a rewarding career.
What is your understanding about a Rural Generalist life and why O and G?
My perspective on rural generalist life is multifaceted. There is the potential to have quite a varied career - I’ve worked alongside doctors who have been in theatre one day and in GP clinic the next, and off to deliver babies in between! This variety and opportunity to have skills in different areas of medicine is one aspect that has really driven me towards a rural generalist pathway.
Living and working in a rural setting I think allows for good work life balance. On tough days it’s nice to be able to get out in the fresh air and have a walk along the river. It can be challenging however, as resources and access to local speciality services may not be as readily available as they would in metro areas. I think O & G is a great skill to have as a rural generalist as you are able to provide an essential service locally to women in rural or remote communities, who would have otherwise needed to travel quite far in some instances to access these services.
Living and working in a rural setting I think allows for good work life balance.
What have the benefits been of having an RCIT and then Rural Generalist pathway available to you with support?
Being part of an RCIT internship program has enabled me to get a realistic feel about what a career as a rural generalist can be like, particularly with the inclusion of a General Practice rotation. I have the opportunity to work alongside seniors who are in similar roles to the career path I want to take, so this has allowed me to draw on their experience and have a mentor . Having RG pathways has also alleviated some of the stress and confusion surrounding training programs and has allowed me to map out my career pathway of where I want to be and what I need to do to get there.