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Intern Training Program

Mater Hospital enables interns to access opportunities to apply, consolidate and expand their clinical knowledge and skills, and progressively increase their responsibility for providing safe, high-quality patient care.  

The 2019 program runs from 21 January 2019 until 19 January 2020 following a week and a half of orientation. The term dates are as follows:

Orientation week 

9 January to 20 January 2019 8 days
Term 1 21 January until 14 April 2019 12 weeks
Term 2 15 April until 23 June 2019 10 weeks
Term 3 24 June until 1 September 2019 10 weeks
Term 4 2 September until 10 November 2019 10 weeks
Term 5 11 November 2019 until 19 January 2020 10 weeks


Mater has twelve training placements across nine clinical areas.

1 Orthopaedics/Neurosurgery 1 & 2 (compulsory)
2 Cardiothoracic Surgery (compulsory)
3 Urology/General/Plastic Surgery (compulsory)
4 General Medicine 1, 2 & 3 (compulsory)
5 Gastroenterology/Haematology/Medical Oncology (Team 1)
6 Renal/Respiratory/Neurology (Team 2)
7 Gerontology/Renal/Endocrinology (Team 3)
8 Cardiology A (non-compulsory)
9 Cardiology TPCG (non-compulsory)
10 Intensive Care Unit (non-compulsory)
11 Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonates (non-compulsory)
12 Emergency Department (non-compulsory)

​​​​​​​Placements have been accredited by Queensland Prevocational Medical Accreditation (QPMA). MHSNQ is accredited to oversee intern training until the end of 2021.

Accredited Terms


Term supervisors are indicated in bold font

Orthopaedics/Neurosurgery 1


Dr Peter McEwen
Dr Kaushik Hazratwala
Dr Matt Wilkinson
Dr Jason McDarra
Dr Eric Guazzo
Dr Levi Morse

Orthopaedics/Neurosurgery 2


Dr Jim Price
Dr Rhys Edwards      
Dr John Maguire
Dr David Anderson
Dr Laurence Marshman

Cardiothoracic Surgery


Dr Sumit Yadav
Dr Pankaj Saxena

Urology/General/Plastic Surgery


Dr Jason Boldery
Dr Philippe Wolanski
Dr Kiran HazratwalaDr Steven Lun
Dr Ian Tassan
Dr Pranavan Palamuthusingam
Dr Peter Bovey
Dr Frank Quigley


Dr Ed Morris
Dr Steven Fairley
Dr John Masson
Dr Christine Welch
Dr Gillian Mahy
Dr Hock Choong Lai
Dr Sabe Sabesan
Dr Abhishek Joshi
Dr Corinne Ryan
Dr Zulfiquer Otty
Dr Suresh Varma

General Medicine 2


Dr Rahul Dua
Dr John Binder

Dr Craig Costello

General Medicine 3


Intensive Care Unit

Dr David Williamson

Cardiology TPCG


Dr Wendy Thoreau
Dr David Thoreau
Dr Rod Motyer



Dr Dharmesh Anand
Dr Sugeet Baveja
Dr Raibhan Yadav
Dr Bigie Molloi
Dr Bobby John

Obstetrics, Gynaecology and


Dr Kurinji Kannan
Dr William Frischmann
Dr Steve Mokrzecki
Dr Pat Ryan
Dr Renee Verkuijl
Dr Ron Chang (Clinical Educator)

Mater's Medical Education Unit (MEU) team coordinates the program, liaises with partner agencies, organises orientation, runs the Facility Education Program, supports interns employed or hosted by Mater, assists units to meet accreditation requirements, and improves all aspects of the program through evaluation and quality improvement activities. 

The Medical Education Unit staff are Dr Kiran Hazratwala Director of Clinical Training, Dianne Salvador Principal Medical Education Officer, and Silky Shah Medical Education Coordinator.

Governance is fulfilled by Mater’s Intern training committee. The committee oversees all aspects of the Intern Training Program and activities of the Medical Education Unit, especially quality improvement and advocacy for interns.

Committee membership is made up of representatives from:

  • Medical Education Unit
  • Areas where junior doctors are attached e.g. General Surgery, General Medicine
  • Secondary allocation facilities
  • James Cook University
  • Northern Clinical Training Network
  • Other disciplines e.g. Nursing staff

The committee meets bi-monthly from March until November, usually on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:30pm (committee members will be notified in advance of date changes if applicable).

Dates for 2019 are:

Meeting 1 12 March
Meeting 2 14 May
Meeting 3 9 July
Meeting 4 10 September
Meeting 5 12 November


Mater delivers its Intern Training Program in partnership with THHS, to offer interns a blended experience of private and public hospital systems. Mater and THHS do some program activities together (e.g. start of year orientation, allocations and education delivery), and some program activities separately (e.g. governance, recruitment, delivering accredited placements, certifying completion and evaluation).

The partnership is formalised under the Clinical Placement Agreement for the Clinical Placement of Interns between THHS and Mater. Mater also has a rotational relationship with North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS), for the delivery of ED rotations by Mount Isa ED and surgical rotations by Mater.

AMC national standards

Intern training – Intern outcome statements
Intern training – National standards for programs
Intern training – Guidelines for terms
Intern training – Assessing and certifying completion
Intern training – Term assessment form

These documents are available at the following here.

To find out more information please contact:

Dianne Salvador
Principal Medical Education Officer
Phone: (07) 4727 4034

Silky Shah
Medical Education Coordinator
Phone: (07) 4727 4034

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