The Huon Valley Health Centre has partnered with Ochre Health to deliver the Tasmanian Intern Program. Intern doctors are newly graduated doctors who complete the majority of their intern year in a hospital environment. This is the first year that general practice has been included as a rotation in Tasmania, with support from the Australian Government’s Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund.
We have just said goodbye to Dr Olivia Chung after 13 weeks, and now welcome Dr Zoe Dodge. More about Olivia below:
Originating from Hobart, Huon Valley based medical intern Zoe Dodge’s twin passions for science and caring for people were key drivers in her decision to pursue a career in medicine.
Following college, Zoe initially commenced a Medical Research/Biotechnology degree at the University of Tasmania, completing the first year before deciding to change directions.
“I spent a year studying a Medical Research/Biotechnology degree at UTAS, which I enjoyed – however I wished to combine my interest in science with a stronger element of human contact, and this is what persuaded me to pursue a career in medicine.”
She completed her medical studies at the Hobart Clinical School, where she developed a strong interest in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She also enjoys procedural work, and is looking forward to experiencing rural GP work for the rich relationships that it involves.
“The strong sense of community and strong element of continuity of care with patients within a small community is appealing with me. I enjoy getting to know my patients and building great doctor-patient relationships, and I believe this is key in small rural communities to achieving optimum health outcomes.”
Zoe is among the third intake of medical interns participating in Ochre Health’s government-funded community internship program in Tasmania. In conjunction with the Huon Valley Health Centre, the 13 week placement will have her spending several months living and working in Southern Tasmania’s beautiful Huon Valley. A keen horserider and bushwalker, this location will provide her with plenty of distractions in her spare time.
Original article featured here.