2021 Nepean Hospital interns William Yu Ching Lai, Jenny Kim and Jessica Oon
Medical interns welcomed
19 Feb 2021
Taking the leap from medical school to working daily in a busy hospital requires more than just years of study.
Passion, commitment and drive have helped support our 66 new interns through their studies. Now in their first year as practising doctors that support will continue as they learn on the job, guided by their peers.
William Yu Ching Lai and Jenny Kim are two of 60 interns who are undertaking their training at Nepean Hospital. Six others have been welcomed by Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury hospitals.
The interns are starting their careers at a remarkable time in history and William says this cohort of future doctors have been well supported during their first weeks on the job.
“We have really great support in the hospital from the senior colleagues, the previous interns and the residents. The buddy system has been working great and the system itself within the hospital is also working very well,” says William.
“We have really great support in the hospital from the senior colleagues, the previous interns and the residents."
A career in health wasn’t always on the cards for William, who left a previous career to pursue the medical profession.
“I did an undergrad in business and accounting, so I worked in a bank for a few years. Then I developed a serious chronic illness and a doctor saved my life and helped me to function again. After my experience, I wanted to be part of the health care system because it’s very rewarding. I’ve not regretted the change,” says William.
Interns William Yu Ching Lai, Jenny Kim and Jessica Oon with Nepean Hospital residents Kaitlyn Trompert-Thompson and Peter Conomos
Both interns say Nepean Hospital’s reputation as a teaching hospital, with abundant learning opportunities and a strong support system, appealed to them.
“As an international student from Sydney University I’d heard a lot of good things about Nepean Hospital in terms of teaching and support,” says William.
Jenny adds, “I knew Nepean was very tailored to providing mental health support for the junior doctors and that was one of the top priorities for me. Also, I have an interest in neurosurgery and I know that they have a good teaching facility at Nepean with very proactive consultants.”
“I knew Nepean was very tailored to providing mental health support for the junior doctors and that was one of the top priorities for me."
Upcoming opportunities as part of the $1 billion Nepean Redevelopment also attracted them to the hospital.
“I want to be a medical oncologist in the future. I heard that Nepean Hospital has a really good Cancer Centre and that with the new redevelopment that’s happening right now, they’re increasing the size of the Centre. With all those services and experts available, I knew I would like to be at Nepean for my training,” says William.
Jenny says Nepean Hospital was her first choice for her internship due to the workforce support on offer.
“They’re very proactive about trying to make sure that everyone’s got a balanced schedule in terms of their rotations as well as making sure that if we have any concerns that there are professionals on hand as well as buddies and mentors that we can lean on. The Junior Medical Unit always makes sure we’re okay too. I feel like I’m being looked after.”
As Jenny establishes her career at Nepean Hospital, she’s looking forward to the year ahead.
“I want to be able to look back at the end of this year and feel that I’ve achieved becoming a bit more independent with my clinical decision-making and more confident in terms of the road ahead. I’m planning to stay here in the long term,” says Jenny.
For more information about Junior Medical Officer training, visit https://www.nbmlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/jmo
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