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New docs kickstart careers at Redland Hospital

31 January 2019

Five junior doctors have begun the next stage of their medical careers at Redland Hospital including four Rural Generalists and the hospital’s first ever dedicated Intern.

Intern Dr Ho Man Chan joins his Rural Generalist colleagues Dr Kara Arnold, Dr Rachel Croker, Dr Brianna Smith and Dr Lara Herrero who will gather as much as experience as they can over the next 12 months before taking up positions in rural Queensland.

A further eight medical interns will rotate from the Princess Alexandra Hospital for each of the five terms of the intern year.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles welcomed the latest medical interns to the Queensland Health family last week and said the doctors were not just reshaping the lives of their patients but reshaping their own.

"Healthcare is a true commitment to Queenslanders," the Minister said.

"Sometimes the work will be hard; sometimes tiring; sometimes heartbreaking. But there won’t be one single day the work of these doctors doesn’t improve the lives of others."

Dr Brianna Smith

"I’m Canadian and I trained as a Registered Nurse. I did some work in Africa and from there I became interested in tropical medicine which led me to JCU. I was in Cairns for the last six years and I am doing my Masters in tropical health and hope to do some aid work in the future."

Dr Kara Arnold

"I’m from North Queensland and studied at Monash University. I wanted to come back to Queensland and Redland was my first preference. I hope to end up back in North Queensland where my family is."

Dr Ho Man Chan

"I spent 7-8 years at uni studying mathematics, IT and dentistry before I decided medicine is what I wanted to do. I’m excited to be here at Redland Hospital for real hands-on experience and getting to know all the staff."

Dr Rachel Croker

"I live in Cleveland. I was a nurse and did nursing placements at Redland Hospital as well as oncology and orthopaedic trauma at PAH. I went to Perth to study and have come back here to work. I always wanted to pursue medicine and the fact I’m back in my home town is so great."

Pictured: Drs Brianna Smith, Kara Arnold, Ho Man Chan and Rachel Croker.

Last updated 8 February 2019

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