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Princess Alexandra Hospital intern recruitment

Princess Alexandra Hospital

The PAH is a tertiary referral and teaching hospital, providing comprehensive services to South East Queensland. The PAH is an 800-bed hospital located 4kms from the CBD in Woolloongabba. It provides a full range of adult specialty services (excluding O&G). Innovation is part of our DNA and in November 2015, the PAH became Australia’s first large-scale digital hospital.

As a major trauma centre, there is a retrieval service with a helipad located on the roof of the hospital building that incorporates a high-speed lift which travels directly into a resus room. The PAH is the major centre for liver and kidney transplantation and is home to some state-wide services e.g. melanoma and sarcoma service.

It is nationally recognised for its expertise in digital health and telehealth. There are strong links with the co-located research facility, the Translational Research Institute (TRI), as well as collaborations with The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. The PAH is a popular choice and is usually over-subscribed in the Queensland Health intern and RMO recruitment campaigns.

The PAH is a fantastic place to train, whether your interests lie in medical, surgical or critical care specialities.

Our facilities include:

  • Access to UpToDate and DynaMed
  • library with expertise to help with literature searches
  • good public transport access (Busway and Dutton Park Train Station)
  • cycle routes into the City
  • well-equipped gym on-site with discounted rates
  • Junior Doctor Society
  • Doctors' common room with locker facilities
  • undercover parking (fees apply)
  • shopping complex nearby with many food outlets
  • child care centre and parenting facilities
  • chapel and prayer room
  • Translational Research Institute on campus
  • staff cafeteria and several onsite options for good quality coffee.

Education and training

The Medical Education Unit focusses on providing support and assistance to Interns and House Officers at the PAH. The Unit has an open-door policy and junior doctors are encouraged to seek help and support from any of the staff. Some of the educational opportunities at the PAH include:

  • twice-weekly lunchtime training session with topics based on interns' educational needs
  • MoLIE (More Learning for Interns in Emergency) – 4 hours for the first 3 weeks of each term
  • one four-hour Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Patient for Surgical Interns workshop (for PAH interns completing their core surgical term onsite)
  • SLIM – Simulation Learning for Interns in Medicine.  Hourly sessions for all PAH interns in a core medical term
  • buddied ward work experience prior to first ward call shifts
  • excellent supervision and teaching in a broad range of disciplines
  • Medical and Surgical Ground Rounds each week
  • large number of interns with good peer support
  • mentor program which provides support and guidance from senior and junior colleagues
  • opportunities to network in specialty areas
  • invitation to be on the Prevocational Medical Education Committee.

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital (QEII)

The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital (QEII) is located at Coopers Plains, 15 minutes south of PAH and is a medium- sized metropolitan adult facility with approximately 180-200 inpatient beds. QEII provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services and a 24-hour emergency department that attends to just under 60,000 patients per annum.

From 2020 QEII can be chosen as a primary facility to complete your internship. Therefore, the PAH will only send one or two interns per term to the Emergency Department at QEII. There are no other rotations at QEII for PAH interns.

Rotations - Core

Core termsPAHRedland

Clinical Pharmacology
General Medicine
Spinal Injuries
Geriatric Medicine
Renal Medicine
Respiratory Medicine
Stroke Medicine

General Medicine

Acute Surgical Unit
Breast and Endocrine Surgery
Colorectal Surgery
Hepatobiliary Surgery
Upper GI Surgery
Vascular Surgery

General Surgery

NB – all core terms can also be used as electives.

Rotations - Electives

Elective TermsPAHRedlandQCH
Clinical Pharmacology
Palliative Care
Renal Medicine
Spinal Injuries
Respiratory Medicine
General Medicine 

Plastic Surgery

Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
Additional ElectivesPathology
Mental Health
 Various Paediatric Terms

NB – all core terms can also be used as electives.

Last updated 8 May 2020
Last reviewed 21 October 2016