LEARNING THE ROPES: Interns Dr Robert Yeh and Dr Farah Mohamad Najib with Paitent Ken Svensson.
LEARNING THE ROPES: Interns Dr Robert Yeh and Dr Farah Mohamad Najib with Paitent Ken Svensson. Katherine Morris

International medical interns learn the ropes at Kingaroy

MOVING to rural Queensland from another country can be a learning curve, and for two international medical interns it is one they'll never forget.

Kingaroy Hospital is currently hosting Dr Robert Yeh from Miami, Florida, who is working in the emergency department and Dr Farah Mohamad Najib from Malaysia who is training to become a rural generalist.

Dr Robert chose to come to Australia because he has family here and wanted to see how health systems in other countries worked.

"I've enjoyed my time here, I would definitely come back," Dr Robert said.

Dr Farah studied at James Cook University and said the variety of patients she sees at the hospital made it a great learning experience.

"At my first internship in Brisbane you don't get to do much compared to when you are in a rural hospital, you feel useful," Dr Farah said. "You feel like you belong."

She said being a doctor was something she had always wanted to do. "To make my life more meaningful and to help people," she said.

"It's good to continue learning even though I've already graduated."

Kingaroy Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr RT Lewandowski said the program would go a long way to help the hospital recruit in the future.

All the international interns that will come through the hospital are based in Greenslopes Hospital Brisbane and this year is the second time the Darling Downs Hospital and Health service has partnered with the hospital.

The interns are on 10-12 week rotations, Dr Robert and Dr Farah will finish up in early June.

"Kingaroy hospital offers a comprehensive learning environment for junior doctors and it provides an excellent opportunity for junior doctors to experience rural practise," Dr Lewandowski said

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