Dr Natasha Tile- Provisional ACEM Trainee
Hi, I am Natasha, a PGY3 ED Registrar at Bendigo Health. I came to Bendigo after completing Internship and Resident years at Royal Melbourne Hospital. I was researching Emergency Departments to work in and could not find a place that had the reputation of Bendigo, highly recommended by consultants and registrars it was hard to find a city hospital with a reputation of building well rounded ED Registrars in a friendly environment. So I jumped ship and moved rural, knowing only a few people before I got here.
Since moving to Bendigo I have explored more local restaurants, wineries and national parks than I ever did in Melbourne (especially during COVID). I have joined a local football club, almost been convinced that mountain biking is a safe sport and sat my Primary exams. Being rural is a great place to learn, as a junior ED Registrar I am frequently rostered on to Resus shifts where with senior support I manage critically unwell patients, opportunities I feel would not have come to me at a metropolitan hospital.
Overall, I would recommend Bendigo ED to anyone who wants to challenge themselves academically, procedurally and socially in a friendly and well-supported ED."
Dr Scott Illgoutz- Advanced ACEM Trainee
My name is Scott Ilgoutz, I am an early phase advanced trainee who has been working at Bendigo for the past year and a half. Prior to Bendigo I was working in Melbourne and I jumped at the opportunity to work in Bendigo for a number of reasons.
I knew a couple of the FACEMs who worked in Bendigo and they spoke really highly of the culture of the deparment! They outlined a team where ED doctors are focussed on looking after patients really well, not just streaming them to a sub-specialty service to be sorted out down the line, and a group of friendly, supportive consultants with a real interest in helping their registrars to learn great skills. It has been pleasing to find this to be an accurate description of the department!
I have seen a wide range of interesting pathology, learned many interesting new procedures and been well supported as I transitioned into being in charge of the department overnight and supervising junior doctors. The rostering team work really hard to help work fit in around your life where possible which is very much appreciated. Also, the access to critical care and other specialty rotations is pretty good compared to other places with many more registrars vying for similar numbers of positions.
Bendigo is also just a great place to hang out. The registrar group organise excellent social events amongst ourselves at a variety of the local restaurants and bars, as well as get out for a bike ride on the copious single trails really close to town.
I have really enjoyed my time in Bendigo from both a professional and personal point of view and would definitely recommend it to junior and more advanced ACEM trainees alike!