Jenny Roscoe talks about her placement in Port Lincoln
Jenny Roscoe, a 4th year MD student took her knowledge to Port Lincoln Hospital, hoping to utilise her skills in a practical way, but not knowing what to expect.
What she found was a great town and an inspiring placement, where she saw a wide variety of cases first-hand.
“From a caseload perspective the work was never excessive like on a busy tertiary general medical ward, however, it was more interesting,” she says.
“The expectations on the student seem to be that of an intern- clerking patients, taking bloods, IV lines, medication charts, radiology requests, all minus discharge summaries.”
“Nursing staff are super friendly and helpful at the hospital and really receptive to student opinions,” she recalls.
As for Port Lincoln itself, Jenny found the town to be well provisioned to meet her needs.
“The town is extremely well serviced with three major supermarkets, K-mart, Country Target, various boutique stores, an art gallery and café with free wi-fi, numerous restaurants and three pubs,” she reports.
“The marina has another pub/restaurant that serves sensational oysters!”
Surrounding areas also provided opportunities for rest and relaxation.
“There are plenty of towns nearby with great drives and walks,” she says. “Arno Bay, about 100km from Port Lincoln, has a fantastic mangrove walk, with 1.5km of boardwalk with viewing platforms and fishing spots.”
So what was Jenny’s verdict of her placement in Port Lincoln?
“ (It) was an extremely appropriate pre-internship rotation. Great placement, I would highly recommend it!”